Donald Trump does not expect to be teeing it up any time soon with Rory McIlroy, who last week called out the US president for his controversial leadership.

McIlroy, the No 1 player in the world, blasted his former golfing partner Trump on a podcast episode for the latter’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Trump, an avid golfer, and McIlroy played a round together three years ago in Florida.

“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 US] administers the most tests in the world like it’s a contest,” McIlroy said.

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“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.”

Asked on Sunday during a video link interview with NBC television how he felt about the criticism he sometimes receives from players, Trump said he does not expect them all to like him.

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