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Rory McIlroy takes swing at Donald Trump on White House hopeful's own course

By David Young

Politics in Northern Ireland might be far from perfect - but it still beats the "shocking" US Presidential race, according to Rory McIlroy.

And the Co Down golfer set tongues wagging in the US after he lambasted Donald Trump - on his own golf course.

Trump, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, may be a front-runner in the race to the White House, but McIlroy is not impressed.

In fact, he doesn't seem enamoured by any of the candidates.

The world number three is playing in this week's Cadillac Championship held at the billionaire businessman's Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida.

McIlroy is using the tournament to test a major change to his technique, now putting 'cross-handed' with his left hand below his right on the club grip.

In a pre-tournament Press conference McIlroy was asked by one reporter if another course should have been considered in light of recent controversial remarks by Trump which many have deemed racist.

But the 26-year-old had a quick response, stating: "I am not American."

The remark drew applause and laughter, although his diplomacy then slipped.

"He's not going to be the leader of my country," McIlroy said to more laughs.

"Look, it really doesn't bother me too much. I've been following it. I really thought I knew what politics were until I started to watch some of these Presidential debates. I mean, (I'm) not saying that the political system in Northern Ireland is too strong at the moment either.

"It is... it's shocking (in the US)."

But McIlroy, who is engaged to American Erica Stoll, cast his criticism widely, adding: "I can't vote and if I were to vote I'm not sure I would want to vote."

There may be some sticky moments ahead for him should he win the Cadillac Championship, as there's every chance Trump will come to the course on Sunday to hand the victor his trophy.

Trump and McIlroy have previous form.

Last year, at the same tournament on the same course, the Holywood star flung his club into the water in frustration at how poorly he was playing.

Trump then hired a diver to recover the club, and the tycoon presented the five-iron back to McIlroy.

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