McIlroy: U.S. political 'circus' is 'intriguing to watch'


While Rory McIlroy can't vote in U.S. elections, that hasn't stopped the Ulsterman from becoming enamored with American politics in recent months.

McIlroy is still recovering from a rib injury, but that didn't prevent him from teeing it up with President Donald Trump last weekend in Florida. The outing gave McIlroy some rare quality time with the commander-in-chief, and he told the U.K.'s Guardian that he didn't begin tracking politics in the U.S. until Trump's presidential candidacy.

"I really got into it once Trump ran, because I knew him a little bit but at the same time I was intrigued how a successful businessman could transition into running the highest office in the land," McIlroy said. "I've said it to the man himself, on a Tuesday night at a tournament, if there was a live debate, I would get room service, stick on CNN and just watch.

"It was pure entertainment, even if you don't understand the politics. It was a complete pheonomenon."

McIlroy explained that while he didn't have a keen interest in politics growing up in Northern Ireland, the last few years in the U.S. have made the topic impossible to avoid.

"Something like this probably won't happen again in our lifetime," he said. "I'm just interested by the phenomenon of it all. I don't really care about the policies. The whole circus, this big show is intriguing to watch."