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Rory McIlroy on Olympics | "I'm not a very patriotic kind of guy"

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

18:59 18 Jul 2021

Rory McIlroy has spoken about his involvement with the Ireland Tokyo 2020 Olympic team, as he prepares to fly out to Japan.

Speaking after his +1 finish at the Open at Royal St George's, McIlroy looked ahead to a tournament like no other.

"I don’t know if there is much to look forward to. It’s going to be a very different environment," McIlroy said.

Rory McIlroy

"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."

McIlroy missed the 2016 games due to fears over the impact of the Zika virus, but is looking forward to representing Ireland.

McIlroy spoke about the impact of patriotism on his life, as he prepares to turn out for Ireland this summer.

"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 [in Rio] 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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