McIlroy still weighing up Olympic options

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

It’s tough enough having to deal with the fall-out from his break-up with Caroline Wozniacki, but Rory McIlroy found himself fielding an ‘Olympic’ question yesterday ahead of the Memorial Tournament.
Rory and Graeme McDowell can choose to represent GB&I or the Republic of Ireland when golf returns to The Olympics in 2016 but both golfers have been acutely aware that the issue is ‘complicated’ by cultural identity concerns in Northern Ireland.
Rory did his best to fend off the question accepting that it was a ‘delicate subject’ but he hinted that there may be some merit in following Graeme McDowell’s example – when he represented Ireland at the World Cup last November in Australia.
“I think we’ve had a few conversations with the R&A and IOC and talking about taking the decision out of my hands in some way,” he said.

“It’s a couple of years away but I’ve still got a bit of time to sort of think about it, and I think 2016 is going to be a very busy golf season with that and the Olympics and everything else that’s going to be going on. So, yeah, it’s one of those things that I just gotta be 100 per cent comfortable with whatever I decide and go with it.”

And he continued; “Of course I won’t be a hundred percent comf – I mean, I should be. I mean, if you’re going to the Olympics and representing a country, you would think you would want to be pretty sure that’s the country you want to represent.
“But, yeah, it’s a delicate subject. And what Graeme did last year with playing in the World Cup took the decision out of his hands. So maybe I’ll do something similar, who knows.”
It should be noted, that McDowell’s decision to play for Ireland in the World Cup barely caused a ripple outside of golfing circles however, Rory does live his life under much closer scrutiny.
He may be hoping that the game’s governing bodies somehow manage to sort things out for him but the closer it gets to the Olympics – without a decision being made – the bigger the issue is likely to become.

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