Rory McIlroy: “I’m not a very patriotic guy”

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The Olympics gets under way this week and one of Ireland’s great hopes of winning gold medal is Golf and indeed Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. Speaking after The Open this weekend where McIlroy finished inside the top 50 a very disappointing outing for the Northern Irishman.

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“I don’t know if there is much to look forward to. 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.

For me at the minute it’s just the process of trying to work my way back to the sort of form and the sort of the level that I know I can play at.

There are a lot of birdies in there but a lot of bogeys, too. I’ve made 17 birdies this week, which is more than enough to challenge to win this golf tournament.

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

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.”

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