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Rory McIlroy’s tee-times revealed for Olympic golf tournament as Ireland paired with USA

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Rory McIlroy is getting ready to compete for Ireland at the Olympic Games. Pic: INPHO/Peter Fitzpatrick

Rory McIlroy is getting ready to compete for Ireland at the Olympic Games. Pic: INPHO/Peter Fitzpatrick

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Rory McIlroy is getting ready to compete for Ireland at the Olympic Games. Pic: INPHO/Peter Fitzpatrick

Rory McIlroy will play alongside recently-crowed Open champion Collin Morikawa (Team USA) and Korean Sungjae Im in the first two rounds of the Olympic tournament at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, which begins on Thursday.

The trio will tee off at 2.25am BST on both of their opening two rounds.

McIlroy’s Ireland teammate Shane Lowry will play in the next group alongside Patrick Reed from the United States and Tommy Fleetwood, who will be representing Great Britain.

McIlroy made headlines last week when he said he was going to the Games out of a sense of duty to his sport.

"I don't know if there is much to look forward to,” he said. “It's going to be a very different environment.

"I am looking forward to getting another week's golf in and trying to get my game in shape. There's not much else to do there — so with 12 hours at the golf course hopefully I get my game into better shape.

"I'm not a very patriotic guy, I'm doing it because I think it is the right thing to do.

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"I missed it last time (concerns over the Zika virus forced his withdrawal) and for golf to be an Olympic sport you need your best players there and I feel I want to represent the game of golf more than anything else."

This is a significant tournament for Sungjae Im. He opted not to play in the Open in order to focus on the Olympics. Together with his South Korean team-mate Si Woo Kim they have a specific reason for pursing a gold medal in Tokyo.

Any South Korean athlete who wins an Olympic gold medal will earn an exemption from a mandatory two-year service in the South Korean military.

Justin Rose won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The women’s Olympic event begins six days after the men’s and sees Jordanstown’s Stephanie Meadow and Cavan’s Leona Maguire compete for Team Ireland.


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