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Meadow to join McIlroy on green ticket for Olympics

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

Stephanie Meadow has opted to play for Ireland when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio
Stephanie Meadow has opted to play for Ireland when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio

RISING star Stephanie Meadow has joined Rory McIlroy in opting to play for Ireland when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio.

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The 22-year-old announced her decision on Twitter 48 hours before eligibility rules for the Games are unveiled at a special media briefing at Hoylake.

"I've decided to join Rory McIlroy in representing Ireland in the Olympics," tweeted the Jordanstown, Co Antrim, native who competed in green for the all-island Irish Ladies Golf Union throughout her amateur playing career, though she has studied in the USA since age 14.

"Early decision, but I had a deadline to choose," added Meadow, who turned pro after her second Curtis Cup appearance for Great Britain and Ireland last month and finished a sensational third on her debut in the US Open at Pinehurst.

After following up with another third place in the Ladies European Masters, she missed the cut at the Ricoh British Women's Open last Friday, won by 31-year-old American Mo Martin.

Martin hit an eagle on the 72nd hole to finish a shot ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen and China's Shanshan Feng, her 72 on the day giving her a one-under-par total at Royal Birkdale.

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