• Rory McIlroy admits his true feelings about the Olympic Games
• “I started to resent it and I do,” said the four-time major winner
• McIlroy is adamant he feels like he didn’t miss out on the event
The four-time major winner, who opted to play for Ireland before withdrawing citing the Zika virus, told the Sunday Independent that, unlike other players, he had no real affinity as to who to represent.
“I resent the Olympic Games because of the position it put me in” – Rory McIlroy
“All of a sudden it put me in a position where I had to question who I am,” he said.
“Who am I? Where am I from? Where do my loyalties lie? Who am I going to play for? Who do I not want to piss off the most. I started to resent it and I do.
“I resent the Olympic Games because of the position it put me in, that’s my feelings towards it, and whether that’s right or wrong, it’s how I feel.”
After Justin Rose secured gold for Great Britain (below) ahead of Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, McIlroy revealed that the 2013 US Open champion sent him a message asking if he felt as though he’d ‘missed out’.
But McIlroy was adamant that he hadn’t, again referencing the country debate.
“I said, ‘Justin, if I had been on the podium (listening) to the Irish national anthem as that flag went up, or the British national anthem as that flag went up, I would have felt uncomfortable either way.
“I don’t know the words to either of them. I don’t feel a connection to either flag. I don’t want it to be about flags. I’ve tried to stay away from that.”
“It just got to the point where it wasn’t worth the hassle” – Rory McIlroy
“Not everyone is (driven by) nationalism and patriotism and that’s never been me, because I felt like I grew up in a place where I wasn’t allowed to be.
“It was suppressed. I never wanted it to get political or about where I’m from, but that’s what it turned into. And it just got to the point where it wasn’t worth the hassle.”
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