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Rory McIlroy has second thoughts on another round with Donald Trump

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USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio breaks down the top headlines to watch for at the 2017 Masters.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rory McIlroy, who played a much-discussed round of golf with Donald Trump in February, said Tuesday at the Masters that he would have to reconsider playing with the president a second time.

“Would I do it again?” he said. “After the sort of backlash I received, I’d think twice about it.”

McIlroy, 27, found himself in a most interesting position as he met with the news media ahead of the one major championship that has so far eluded him. Just a month after his round with Trump, McIlroy admirably blasted the members of Scotland’s Muirfield golf club for taking their sweet time to finally admit women members.

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“I mean, in this day and age, where you’ve got women that are like the leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course? I mean, it’s obscene. Like it’s ridiculous. So they sort of saw sense. I still think that it got to this stage is horrendous,” McIlroy said in March at Bay Hill.

He continued: “So, anyway, we’ll go back there for the (British) Open Championship at some point and I won’t be having many cups of tea with the members afterwards.”

This was not the first time McIlroy had criticized Muirfield, or, for that matter, spoken out positively about the role of women in the game of golf.

But wasn’t it natural to wonder why he said he wouldn’t be having tea with the sexist members of that stodgy club, yet still felt comfortable playing a…

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