Friday 22 September 2017

McGinley questions 'distraction' for Rory

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Photo: Sportsfile

William S Callahan

Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley believes the continuing talk over Rory McIlroy's decision not to travel to the Olympics may hamper his chances of adding to his Major haul.

The Dubliner, who will be Irish team captain in Rio, admitted that there are issues which must be addressed for the sport's participation in the Olympic Games; however, he feels that McIlroy's continuing comments on the matter could prove a distraction.

"I honestly don't think this is the right forum to discuss it," McGinley (right) told Sky Sports. "The Open Championship is there to be won and Rory is one of the favourites on a course that will suit him and it's kind of a distraction for him.

"There's a lot to discuss about golf's position in the Olympics, going forward. There's a lot to debate and I'm sure we will at some stage down the road and everybody has to take some responsibility."

McIlroy threw his support behind McGinley when he was competing with Colin Montgomerie for the position of Ryder Cup captain back in 2013, and McGinley admitted that the honesty of the former world number one is one of his best characteristics.

"Rory's very much his own man, he makes his own decisions he has his own views. He says things in a very honest way it's one of the most endearing things about him, particularly when it comes to press conferences.

"The likes of Jason (Day), Jordan (Spieth) and Rory weren't part of the equation when golf came into it (the Olympics) so there's been a big gap of seven or eight years and those guys maybe weren't brought along and maybe they haven't embraced it like a previous generation of superstars did.

"But I really think there's enough on Rory's plate trying to win a Major championship this week."

Irish Independent

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