Trump: McIlroy's club toss was 'wonderful'


Rory McIlroy made headlines with his club toss Friday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but the world No. 1 can rest easy knowing that his moment of frustration has the support of this week's tournament host.

Donald Trump spoke about a wide range of topics Saturday on "Morning Drive," including McIlroy hurling his 3-iron into the lake lining the eighth hole during the second round.

"I spoke to Rory about it. I said it was great," Trump said. "It showed wonderful emotion and it was a controlled club throw. If you look, he just did it so nice and easy like everything else he does."

Trump has been known to meddle with course setup at past tournaments he has hosted, and he believes that J.B. Holmes' opening-round 62 was somewhat the product of an "easy" setup from tournament officials.

"We wanted to have a tough test for the top 50 players in the world, and that's what we have," he said. "It's new and they're afraid of it, so they set it up easy."

Trump shared his views with tournament officials after the opening round, talks that he felt may have influenced changes that were made to the setup in the second round.

"For the first day, I had (no influence on setup), and I disagreed," Trump said. "The second day, I protested a little bit ... I think I had a psychological impact."