Rory McIlroy twists knife in Olympic golf

Rory McIlroy

• Rory McIlroy twists knife into Peter Dawson & co
• Says he won’t be watching Olympic Golf in Rio
• Says he’ll be tuning into ‘the events that matter’


Rory McIlroy twisted the knife into Olympic golf and the IGF by saying he’d only be watching ‘the events that matter’ on TV in Rio.

For the four-time major winner, that did not include golf – which returns to the Olympics after a 112-year absence this summer – in a comment which will no doubt anger and disappoint International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson.

“I’m sure I’ll be watching the Olympics but I’m not sure golf will be one of the events I’ll watch,” said Rory McIlroy.

When asked what he would watch, the 26-year-old replied: “Track and field, swimming, diving… the stuff that matters.”


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An hour earlier, Jordan Spieth described his decision to opt out of the Olympics on ‘general health concerns’ as the ‘hardest decision of my life’. For McIlroy, however, he had no regrets about pulling out, with his comments pouring doubt on whether the Zika virus was really the reason why he opted not to go.

“Honestly, I don’t think it was as difficult a decision for me as it was for him [Spieth],” said Rory McIlroy. “I don’t feel like I’ve let the game down at all. I didn’t get into the game of golf to try and grow the game. I tried to get into golf to win major championships and all of a sudden you get to this point and there’s a responsibility on you to grow the game.

“I get that but at the same time that’s not the reason I got into golf. I got into golf to win – not to get other people into the game. I get that different people have different opinions but I’m very happy with the decision I’ve made and I’ve got no regrets about it. I’m sure I’ll be watching the Olympics but I’m not sure golf will be one of the events I’ll watch.”


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What do you think of Rory McIlroy’s comments surrounding golf at the Olympic Games? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Jack

    July 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Rory’s comments show that he doesn’t care about all the time and effort that Peter Dawson, Paul McGinley and many others have put in to making Olympic golf a reality. Rory really only cares about number one. He’s really just a selfish jerk.

  2. Baz Elliott

    July 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I think Rory’s comments are very true. I personally don’t think that golf, football and several other sports should be included as they are professional and although Olympians get sponsored and expenses they are still basically amateurs.


    July 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I am quite sure Rory made the choice for his future and for the right reasons he doesn’t need to go to the olympics to get people to follow him into golf he has already inspired hundreds of youngsters and there will be hundreds more following him throughout his career.

  4. Bob Wilson

    July 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Rory, you are absolutely right as to that the reason that you got into golf was to win.
    However, by default as one of the worlds best players people will be inspired to take up the game or simply have an interest in the game because of you and your achievements. So to say “You didn’t take it up to get others into the game” is quite right in what your ambitions were, but life changes and with your successes you have had I would have thought that your reason for not competing or watching the Olympic golf was because you simply aren’t interested in the Olympics and hadn’t included that comment.
    You are better than that


    July 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm


  6. James Skilling

    July 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Quite right too.

  7. Geraldine Gordon

    July 12, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Disappointed with Rory’s comments It seems he’s happy now he’s made his money.

  8. Alistair McLean

    July 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I think Rory is being honest and giving a straight response and he should be respected for that. The Olympics is a hugely important event for track and field, rowing, swimming and many other such sports, but to swell it as an event by including sports such as tennis, football and golf which have well established major tournaments on a regular, often annual, basis is unnecessary. Golf does not need the Olympics and the Olympics do not need golf to be successful.

  9. Grace Ness

    July 12, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    What a cocky little s*** Rory is! I’ll take all your money & won’t give anything back.. Any girl who marries him is totally bonkers. He is self centred & to be honest has never impressed me. I can understand why young guys contemplating fatherhood in the near future might not want to go to Brazil but if a huge personality like Andy Murray can go to represent his country then we can do without the likes of McIlroy. I hope he isn’t chosen for the Ryder Cup team.

  10. Gordon H

    July 12, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I wonder if the so called superstars in the world top 10 would have renegaded on Augusta and Oakmont if the Zika virus had been rife then?—- Most certainly not

  11. Andrew

    July 12, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Totally agree Rory. Olympics is track and field, swimming, cycling etc. No interest in anything else. They wanted to include Bridge for fuck sake!!!!

  12. John doonan

    July 13, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Another example of a young sportsman with an over-inflated sense of himself. Had Ben, Bobby, Arnold, Jack, Gary, Lee, Seve and others had the same arrogant attitude towards growing the game, the opportunities that Mr McIlroy now enjoys would not exist. Like many sportsmen today, he is rewarded disproportionately for his skill, yet uses those same rewards as a measure of his own importance. A little bit of humility wouldn’t go wrong.

  13. John Sermanni

    July 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I think Rory is spot on with his comments, the press like to make huge stories out of anything slightly controversial sports people say.

  14. Stewart G.

    July 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Nice to hear someone saying what they think rather than the p.c answer.
    Golf doesn’t need the Olympics and I also won’t be watching it but will watch the events that I actually like and feel is the top award for it.

  15. Hugh W

    July 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Golf doesnt need the Olympics and vice-versa – the same with the other sports mentiond like tennis and football! Itoo will be watching the sports that matter!

  16. May Sinclair

    July 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    There are so many sports included which were amateur but are now professional. Top golfers put in a lot of time and effort to get golf back in the olympics and I for one will be watching because I appreciate the work they did. He only comes to Scotland when the Open is here. Can’t remember seeing him at the Scottish Open but maybe the prize fund doesn’t make it worth his while taking out his clubs.

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