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McIlroy bides time over Olympic decision

Published 10/09/2012 | 21:02

Rory McIlroy has put the decision over who to represent in the 2016 Olympics to the back of his mind
Rory McIlroy has put the decision over who to represent in the 2016 Olympics to the back of his mind
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 put talk of who he would represent at the Rio Olympics on the backburner as he looks to continue his stunning run of form.

The two-time major winner lifted the BMW Championship in Carmel on Sunday night - his second successive PGA title - but woke up to some stories about a supposed dispute over who he would turn out for when golf gains Olympic status in 2016.

Quotes attributed to the County Down-born 23-year-old said he felt "more British than Irish", suggesting he would look to be a part of the all-conquering Team GB in Brazil.

But McIlroy took to his official Twitter feed on Monday night to deliver a statement which said he had made no such decisions and was purely concentrating on golf.

"I am in an extremely sensitive and difficult position and I conveyed as much in a recent newspaper interview," he wrote. "I am a proud product of Irish golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland. I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. That is my background and always will be.

"I receive great support from both Irish and British fans alike and it is greatly appreciated."

Golf will be making its Games debut in Rio and although still some time away, a number of players have already been asked for their thoughts on it, but with a Ryder Cup less than three weeks away, world number one McIlroy is not entertaining talk of it, or of who he will be playing for when the time comes.

"I wish to clarify I have absolutely not made a decision regarding my participation on the next Olympics," he added.

"On a personal level, playing in the Olympics would be a huge honour. However, the Games in Rio are four years away and I certainly won't be making any decisions with regard to participation any time soon.

"My focus right now is on being the best player I can be, trying to win major championships and contributing to what will hopefully be a victorious Ryder Cup side."

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