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Rory McIlroy: I resent the pressure Olympic golf placed on me

By Liam Kelly

No regrets, no interest - that is Rory McIlroy's verdict on the return of golf to the Olympic Games in Rio.

McIlroy revealed in an interview yesterday how he felt under pressure about the Games since 2009, following the announcement that golf would be part of the Olympics schedule for 2016.

The 27 year old said he felt conflicted; he was brought up in Holywood but played golf for Ireland under the GUI banner.

As events transpired, the Zika virus fears gave the four-time Major champion a legitimate reason to opt out, despite declaring earlier for Ireland.

We will never know what would have happened if the Zika scare had not occurred, but McIlroy was never turned on by the prospect of playing in the Olympics because of his heritage.

He revealed: "When it was announced (that golf was to be an Olympic sport) in 2009 or whatever, all of a sudden it put me in a position where I had to question who I am. Who am I? Where am I from? Where do my loyalties lie? Who am I going to play for? Who do I not want to p*** off the most?

"I started to resent it. And I do. I resent the Olympic Games because of the position it put me in - that's my feeling towards it - and whether that's right or wrong, it's how I feel."

The writer of the article, Paul Kimmage of the Sunday Independent, had teed up a question on that topic by texting "anseo", the Irish for "here", when he arrived at McIlroy's hotel for the interview.

McIlroy admitted he had to resort to Google to find the meaning of the word.

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