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I feel more British than Irish, says Rory McIlroy

CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with trophy after his victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with trophy after his victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with trophy after his victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on the 18th green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th tee during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Irealnd poses for a photo as he celebrates with the trophy after he won the tournament following the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off of the green after he finished the final round at -20 to give him the win in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland sinks a putt on the 18th hole green to finish the final round at -20 and win the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. McIlroy finished at -20 to win the tournament. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after he made his final putt on the 18th green to finish 2o under and win the tournament during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands on the 18th hole green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. McIlroy finished at -20 to win the tournament. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald celebrate after McIroy finished the final round of the BMW Championship at -20 to win the tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy (R) of Northern Ireland and Lee Westwood of England walk off of the 18th green after they finished their final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. McIlroy finished at -20 to win the tournament. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy (R) of Northern Ireland is congratulated by Lee Westwood of England after they finished their final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. McIlroy finished at -20 to win the tournament. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after he made his final putt on the 18th green to finish 2o under and win the tournament during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald walk across a foot bridge towards the fourth hole tee box during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald look on from the fairway on the seventh hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits his tee shot off the seventh hole during the final round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, chips onto the fifth green during the final round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with J.K. Wadley Trophy (R) and the BMW Championship Trophy after his victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with J.K. Wadley Trophy (L) and the BMW Championship Trophy after his victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Irealnd poses for a photo as he celebrates with the trophy after he won the tournament following the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Irealnd poses for a photo as he celebrates with the trophy after he won the tournament following the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Irealnd poses for a photo as he celebrates with the trophy after he won the tournament following the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods shake hands during the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship in Carmel, California

Rory McIlroy has given his strongest indication yet that he will compete for Team GB when golf becomes an Olympic sport in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

McIlroy cemented his place as the world’s number one golfer with a stunning victory in the BMW Championship yesterday, his second US Tour victory in seven days.



The Co Down golfer spoke of the major dilemma facing him as tries to make his mind on where allegiances lie for Rio 2016.



“What makes it such an awful position to be in is I have grown up my whole life playing for Ireland under the Golfing Union of Ireland umbrella,” he said in a interview with the Daily Mail.



“But the fact is, I’ve always felt more British than Irish.



“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.”

Open Letter from Rory McIlroy

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