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Rory: I've no regrets at sparking Olympic row

Mac keeps focus on his Open challenge

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy has insisted that he has no regrets about his comments on golf at the Olympics which stirred up so much controversy.

The Holywood star was speaking after an opening round two under par (69) in the Open Championship at Royal Troon which left him six shots behind overnight leader Phil Mickelson.

Last month McIlroy withdrew from the Games in Rio citing concerns over the Zika virus, but made it clear on Tuesday where the Olympics ranks in his priorities by saying he would not even watch the golf on TV, preferring "the stuff that matters'.'

Those views brought criticism from other sports and raised eyebrows in his own as did his comment that he did not get into golf to "grow the game".

McIlroy said: "I think my opinion's shared by a few people, but some people may think it's wrong. That's fine. I have no regrets about where I stand on certain things, but I wish I maybe would have just elaborated a little bit more on the grow-the-game comment."

McIlroy added that the furore had not affected him on the course and that he was 'fully focused' on his bid to win at Troon.

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