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Saturday 1 October 2016

Rory McIlroy's Olympic rant flies in the face of what he said on the subject in 2014

Published 13/07/2016 | 10:22

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts on the 17th green during a practice round at Royal Troon yesterday. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts on the 17th green during a practice round at Royal Troon yesterday. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Rory McIlroy's flip-flopping form on the course is mirrored by the assertions he's making on the course.

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The world number four's complete 180 degree turn on his opinion on golf's Olympic inclusion has left people baffled.

The rigmarole over whether he would choose to play for Ireland or Team GB seems like a very distant memory now.

When he did declare for Ireland in 2014, he said:  “It would have been an easy way out for me but I thought about the good of golf. This is the first time golf has been in the Olympics for a long time and if the best players aren’t there, supporting the event and competing in it, then what’s the point? I feel like I have a responsibility to grow the game, as part of a group of players who can spread this game throughout the world.”

As a 25-year-old, McIlroy felt he had a responsibility to the game but two years later and he's only in it for the glory, apparently.

Not only is he not playing but he's not going to even look at it. He has no interest in the fortunes of Padraig Harrington, Seamus Power and Paul McGinley?

Here's what he said yesterday:  "I don't feel like I've let the game down at all. I didn't get into golf to try and grow the game.

"I got into golf to win championships and win Major championships, and all of a sudden you get to this point, and there is a responsibility on you to grow the game, and I get that.

"But at the same time, that's not the reason that I got into golf.

"I got into golf to win. I didn't get into golf to get other people into the game."

Everyone is entitled to change their mind but it begs the question of what has prompted such a dramatic shift?

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