McIlroy gives green light to Olympic choice

In the end it took a few soccer matches to completely convince him.

So two-time major winner Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will represent Ireland if and when he qualifies for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy

It’s no secret McIlroy had been deliberating for months on the decision whether to represent Great Britain or Ireland at the Olympics.

Watching coverage of the World Cup from Brazil helped the 25-year-old decide which way he would “jump”.

Of course McIlroy was born in Northern Ireland or Ireland, and played all his amateur golf under the auspices of the Dublin-based Golfing Union of Ireland.

McIlroy has also twice before represented Ireland in the World Cup of Golf.

“Actually, I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” said McIlroy while decked out in an emerald-coloured shirt.”

“I don’t know whether it’s been because the World Cup has been in Brazil and I’ve been thinking a couple of years down the line.”

“I have also thought about all the times that I played as an amateur for Ireland and as a boy and everything.”

“So for me it’s the right decision to play for Ireland and I’d like to represent them in 2016.”

“I feel like it’s the right decision for me and there’s no point in delaying it and letting it linger any longer.”

McIlroy said he could now look forward to the Olympics in a couple of years’ time as he focused on qualifying for the team.

“It’s also more just because now that I’m playing golf for money and I’m a professional, I’m supposed to have this choice or this decision to make where, you know, if you look at the rugby players, you look at cricketers or hockey players, their sports are viewed.

“And they view Ireland as one, the same as we do in golf.”

“I was always very proud to put on the Irish uniform and play as an amateur and as a boy.”

“And I would be very proud to do it again.”