Has Pat Hickey, Ireland's Olympic president, swallowed the Blarney Stone? How else can he explain his comment that Rory McIlroy could boost his international profile by carrying the Irish flag at the Rio Games' opening ceremony in 2016.
Rory, indisputably, is the most famous Irish sportsman on the planet. The only way an appearance at the Olympics would boost his image any further would be if he beat Usain Bolt in the 100 metres. If Pat was thinking straight, he would concede that Rory's flag bearing would boost the profile of the Irish team, not the other way round.