The world’s No. 1 golfer issued a challenge of presidential proportions on Tuesday — calling on George W. Bush to take the icy plunge in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Nominated many times over, President Obama said last week that he would make a donation rather than take the ice dunking.
As of Tuesday, the ALS Association has received $22.9 million in donations, compared with $1.9 million during the same three-week period last year. The donations have come from existing donors and 453,210 new people.
McIlroy, a 25-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland who now lives in Florida, has won his last three tournaments, including two majors — the British Open and PGA Championship — this summer.
Woods nominated Phil Knight and Rafael Nadal, while McIlroy nominated Bush, Wayne Rooney and actor Meghan Markle.