— ClearSports (@ClearSportsLLC) February 19, 2017
Rory McIlroy was simply doing what he was supposed to be doing: playing golf.
But the four-time major champion is facing sharp criticism from the media and his fans for playing a round with President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, the Clear Sports & Entertainment company tweeted a photo of McIlroy, former New York Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the course.
McIlroy and Trump played at Trump International Golf Club in South Florida. McIlroy, a four-time major champion, has come under fire for his decision to golf with the president.
"I literally can't believe that McIlroy has done this," said former golf correspondent for The Guardian Lawrence Donegan.
"You don't turn down a round of golf with the American president but you do turn down a round of golf with this American president," said sports journalist Ewan McKenna.
The criticism escalated further on Twitter.
Why in heaven's name would Rory McIlroy play golf with Trump?
I hope he never wins another tournament.
— Jack Todd (@jacktodd46) February 21, 2017
Rory McIlroy's been out playing golf with Trump I see. Hope Day, Spieth and Johnson ruin him this season.
— aflame with wisdom (@peakcommunism) February 21, 2017
— Hedley Lamarr (@Stromboli53) February 21, 2017
@morningireland Rory McIlroy is the most mercenary of a mercenary breed - the pro golfer - from the Olympics to Trump - crawling & grasping
— pauldolan (@DolanEdward) February 21, 2017
@PGA_rorymcilroy Shame, shame....No more Trump..
— lynn e. mARTIN (@tinbats5) February 21, 2017
I wonder how many shots Rory McIlroy hit into the bunker or the water hazard so as not to excessively embarrass Trump.
— Lucien Crowder (@LucienCrowder1) February 21, 2017
@shannoncoulter Please add Rory McIlroy to your list and any company that endorses him. He played golf with Trump this weekend. Thanks!
— J Wallace (@juliewallace85) February 21, 2017