Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

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)

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.”

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