Pro golfer Rory McIlroy was slammed on social media for his recent decision to play a round of golf with President Donald Trump.

The four-time major champion tweeted his response on Friday, saying it was not an "endorsement" or a "political statement."

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"Golf was our common ground, nothing else," McIlroy wrote in a note on his cellphone concerning Trump.

McIlroy said he "respects the office" that the president holds.

According to The New York Times, the overwhelming majority of PGA Tour golfers would still play with the president, if asked.

Reporter Karen Crouse said she asked the question to 56 golfers and 50 (89.3) said they would indeed play with Trump. Just three said no, while three declined to answer.

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