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McIlroy undecided whether he’ll be Irish or British at Rio Olympics

Published 05/01/2012 | 13:03

Rory McIlroy, right, pictured with fellow Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy, right, pictured with fellow Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Photo: Getty Images

RORY McIlroy has not decided yet on who he will represent at 2016 Olympics in Rio... Ireland or Britain.

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The Down-born golfer could represent either in Brazil, where golf will be an event for the first time since 1904.



US Open champion McIlroy wore the Irish colours at the World Cup in 2009 and 2011. He partnered Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell on both occasions.



And he also played for Ireland in the 2007 European Amateur Team Championship



But in 2009, McIlroy said he would play for Great Britain ‘’if the opportunity arose in 2016’’. Now he has pulled back from that declaration.



Quoted in PGA.com, McIlroy said: "Basically, if I am going to be very honest, which I usually am, whatever I say is going to upset someone. So I may as well just say I don't know and wait until four or five years' time, whenever I have to make a decision.



"It would be a huge honor to represent your country. It would be a great achievement to win a gold medal.



"As the Olympic Games come closer, I think the excitement will build for it and people will get into it more and I think it's great for the game of golf that it's now become an Olympic sport.



"It will spread the game all over the world and make it recognised in different countries, which can only be good."



McIlroy will win a place in the 60-strong Olympic golf tournament if he is in the world's top 15 at the cut-off date.

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