Rory McIlroy has no regrets about playing golf with President Donald Trump, however, the world number one said that he is unlikely to play another.
The four-time major winner has criticised Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis and McIlroy has not been impressed with the President's leadership in recent weeks.
McIlroy was speaking on this week’s McKellar Golf Podcast where he spoke about all aspects of his game from his amateur days on to this Sunday’s TaylorMade Driving Relief charity skins match at Seminole Golf Club.
McIlroy teams up with Dustin Johnson to take on American duo Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the charity match as golf returns to the television screen ahead of the resumption of the PGA Tour next month.
McIlroy is planning to play in the PGA Tour's first three tournaments, beginning with the Charles Schwab Challenge (11-14 June in Fort Worth, Texas) followed by the RBC Heritage (18-21 June in Hilton Head, South Carolina) and the Travelers Championship (25-28 June in Cromwell, Connecticut).
"I'll sit here and say that the day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable," said McIlroy.
"He’s very charismatic. He was nice to everyone. It didn’t matter whether you were me or the guys in the cart barn or the pro at the golf club.
"He obviously has something or he wouldn’t be in the White House, right? Whatever it is, it’s an X factor or it’s charisma, I don’t know.
"So I will sit here and say that the day I had with him I enjoyed but that doesn’t mean I agree with everything. Or in fact, anything that he says.
"We’re in the midst of something that’s pretty serious right now and the fact that he’s trying to politicise it and make it a campaign rally, saying that (the USA) administers the most tests in the world like it’s a contest. … It’s just not the way a leader should act and there is a bit of diplomacy that you need to show and I just don’t think he’s shown that, especially in these times."
McIlroy played golf with President Trump three years ago at International Golf Club in Florida and felt it was the right thing to do at the time, however, he does not expect to get another call from the American leader.
"I was just doing what I felt was respectful and the president of the United States phones you up and wants to play golf with you, you know, I wasn't going to say no.
"I don’t know if he’d want to play with me again after what I just said. I know it’s very self-serving of me to say 'no’ and if I don’t, then it means then I’m not putting myself in position to be put under scrutiny and that I’m avoiding that.
"But I probably wouldn’t, no."