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Rory McIlroy Nearly Certain To Represent Ireland At Rio Olympics

Rory McIlroy Nearly Certain To Represent Ireland At Rio Olympics
By PJ Browne
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There has been much uncertainty in recent times over who Rory McIlroy would represent when golf makes it's Olympic return in Rio de Janeiro. Previously he has said that he felt more British than Irish, which fueled speculation that he would choose to represent Britain.

That uncertainty seems to have been quelled following quotes from Royal and Ancient chief executive, Peter Dawson, on Independent.co.uk:

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I think, because Rory's history [is] of playing for Ireland at amateur level and I think at World Cup level, that there may be a regulation within the Olympic rules that would require him to stay with that. It's quite ambiguous really but there is a rule that a player who has represented one nation at a previous world championships from certain countries, that carries with you.

I would very much like to take this burden of choice away from the player if we can possibly do it because it's not fair to him. I think he's made it pretty clear in one or two pronouncements that he's worried about it and the last thing we want is players worrying about this.

The good news for Rory is that he'll probably get to carry the Irish flag, that's if Pat Hickey has anything to do with it.

Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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