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‘I haven’t decided whether to play for Ireland or Britain’ - Rory McIlroy


Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

GOLF prodigy Rory McIlroy has revealed he is in an "extremely sensitive and difficult position" as speculation mounts as to whether he will declare for Ireland or Britain in the next Olympic Games.

But the Co Down golfer insisted this evening he had “absolutely not made a decision” about participation in the Games, which will be held in Rio in 2016.

Speculation was rife that McIlroy (23) would play for Team GB at the next Olympics after an interview in which the world number one highlighted his roots in Irish golf but said: “The fact is, I’ve always felt more British than Irish.”

This evening he issued an “open letter” explaining his position because “the issue of my cultural identity has re-emerged”.

He said: “I am a proud product of Irish golf” but added: “I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

“That is my background and always will be.”

He said “The games in Rio are still four years away and I certainly won’t be making any decisions with regards to participating any time soon.”