Rory McIlroy: I won't watch golf at Rio Olympics, I will watch the sports that matter
Rory McIlroy has revealed he will not even watch the golf at the Rio Olympics and will instead focus on the "sports that matter".
McIlroy is just one of many high-profile golfers to withdraw from the Olympics - the first Games to feature golf since 1904.
Jordan Spieth is the latest to pull out and he, like McIlroy and a host of others, cited the Zika virus as his reasoning for doing so.
Critics feel that the top golfers never wanted to play in the Olympics in the first place and are simply using Zika fears as an excuse not to participate.
And their views will be strengthened following McIlroy's comments.
"I don’t feel like I’ve let the game down at all. I didn’t get into golf to try to grow the game, I tried to get into golf to win championships and win major championships," said McIlroy ahead of the British Open.
"I’m very happy with the decision I’ve made, I have no regrets about it. I’ll probably watch the Olympics, but I’m not sure golf will be one of the events I’ll watch.
When quizzed on what events he would watch, McIlroy added: "I'll watch track and field, swimming, diving - you know, ones that matter."
Rory McIlroy is now my favorite athlete troll since Chael Sonnen— Pedwell (@ace_bradley) July 12, 2016
Refreshingly honest quotes from Rory McIlroy on Olympics. 'I won't watch golf, I will watch the sports that matter' https://t.co/Jz4DG1I7k2— Ger Keville (@GerKeville) July 12, 2016
Rory McIlroy quotes on golf this a.m. are pretty interesting.— JJK (@MCHamr2) July 12, 2016