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2016 Summer Olympics Rory McIlroy

Will play for Ireland

18 Jun, 2014

McIlroy announces his decision to play for the Ireland team in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Maybe it was the way I was brought up, I don’t know, but I have always felt more of a connection with the UK than with Ireland. And so I have to weigh that up against the fact that I’ve always played for Ireland and so it is tough. Whatever I do, I know my decision is going to upset some people but I just hope the vast majority will understand.

This move potentially allows McIlroy to re-team with countryman Graeme McDowell, with whom he played the first two rounds in the 2014 U.S. Open.