McIlroy: Olympic decision is mine
Published 04/05/2013 | 12:23
"Rule 41 of the IOC states I still have a choice. They can't take it away from me," he told the Daily Express.
"If you play for a country then either change nationality or don't play for that country for three years, you still have a choice.
"I haven't played for anyone since the 2011 World Cup. Going into the Olympics that will be five years, so I'll still have a choice."
The 23-year-old two-time major winner is, however, will take his time making a final decision, adding: "The more it's talked about, the more it's going to get blown up so I'd rather not talk about it until I have to decide what to do."
Golf will make its return to the Olympic programme in Rio for the first time since 1904.