McIlroy was considering Australian Open because of Kingston Heath

If you haven’t heard it already, make sure you check out Rory McIlroy’s chat with Lawrence Donegan and John Huggan on the McKellar Golf Podcast.

The laid-back chat with McIlroy is a fun listen and early in the podcast, the conversation turns to golf architecture.

By his own admission, golf course design wasn’t something McIlroy was overly interested in early in his career but he’s since begun taking a closer interest and is now more likely to play a golf tournament simply because it is being played on a great golf course.

“I love the sandbelt in Australia. The Australian Open’s supposed to be played at Kingston Heath this year and I was seriously thinking about playing it, until obviously everything happened,” McIlroy said.

“Just for the golf course… Kingston Heath to me is so good. I love those splashed up bunkers and the bunkers go all the way to the edge of the greens. That’s what I like.”

Oh, and yes, Rory made some interesting comments about playing golf with Trump that has made headlines.

“We’re in the midst of something that’s pretty serious right now and the fact that he’s trying to politicize it and make it a campaign rally and say we’re administering the most tests in world like it is a contest — there’s something that just is terrible,’’ McIlroy said. “It’s not the way a leader should act. There’s a sort of diplomacy that you need to have, and I don’t think he’s showing that — especially in these times.’’

Asked if he’d ever play with Trump again, McIlroy, who lives close to the president’s residence in the Palm Beach, Fla., area, said, “I don’t know if he’d want to play with me again after what I just said. But no, I wouldn’t.’’

Check out the episode for yourself via iTunes, Google or Spotify.

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