Rory today, Tiger tomorrow: Pro golf returns with charity events

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"Everyone is going to be watching what we're doing, so I think it's very important for us to do it all correctly".

"It may seem here the obvious thing to say, but from a professional golfer's point of view it was a fearless thing to say".

"Just been trying to stay as patient as possible, " said Rory McIlroy, who headlines the event along with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and * a href="http://www.espn.com/golf/player/_/id/*/matthew-wolff" *Matthew Wolff.

We begin the week by looking back at Sunday's TaylorMade Driving Relief and the first live televised golf back on our screens for more than two months.

Meanwhile, President Trump has said that it is "wonderful" that the likes of McIlroy may well be able to compete in the near future, adding that the return of sports is imperative for the "psyche" of the nation. "I don't know if he'd want to play with me again after what I just said, but I wouldn't (play with him again)". But, that doesn't mean that I agree with everything - or, in fact, anything - that he says'.

The first four events of the postponed PGA Tour will not have fans as golf is set to restart behind closed doors, beginning on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth in the US.

Fowler, the runner-up at the 2018 Masters, and 21-year-old Wolff, who got his first PGA tour win last year, are widely considered the underdogs against 2016 U.S. Open victor Johnson and four-time major champion McIlroy.

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"We want to be back to normal where you have the big crowds, and they're practically standing on top of each other and they're enjoying themselves, not where they're anxious", he said. "I think if anything, just appreciate the little things, the things that we took for granted before this all happened". "We miss sports, and we need sports", claimed Trump in an online call with NBC's Mike Tirico throughout the TaylorMade Driving Relief at Seminole, the hand online golf to be relayed on Sky Sports for 66 days. Golf leaders have been in contact with Trump since mid-March, with PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan consulting with Trump before suspending the tour season on March 13 and canceling an iconic event, the Players Championship.

The world's top-ranked golfer faced fierce criticism for playing with Trump shortly after the Republican president's inauguration in 2017, but said the interaction was not an endorsement.

It was the sort of thoughtful comment that punctuated a 75-minute interview McIlroy did with the McKellar golf podcast, which got rather lost alongside his comments about Trump, including the incendiary line about the President's handling of the pandemic. "The response to the pandemic".

He talked golf, his relationship with PGA Tour pros and the return of sports, golf in particular.

"Some like my politics a lot and probably others don't", the president said.

During a patchy event, the world number one's personality shone through much more than American team-mate Dustin Johnson and opponents Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.

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