Rory McIlroy appears to have changed his tune on Olympic golf 5 years ago

Rory McIlroy appears to have changed his tune on Olympic golf

You weren't saying that last month, Rory.

Rory McIlroy had previously cited concerns about the Zika virus as his reason for withdrawing from the Olympic golf tournament in Rio, the first time the sport has featured at the Games since 1904.


However, his comments ahead of the Open last month suggested that he didn't consider winning an Olympic medal to be a priority, and downplayed the importance of the event.

"I'll watch the Olympics, but probably not golf," the 27-year-old said.

"I'll watch track and field, swimming, diving -- you know, ones that matter."



Justin Rose went on to win the tournament, and revealed that, despite McIlroy saying he wouldn't watch the event, he tuned-in to see the Rose win gold for Great Britain and contacted him following Sunday's final round.

"He was very, very proud and said he was rooting for me and could see how much it meant to me," Rose said.

"He was very complimentary - and yeah, obviously he did watch."

McIlroy had also previously said he didn't feel a responsibility to "grow the game" - one of the reasons put forward as to why golf should be included in the Olympics.


However, according to Rose, McIlroy wants to see the golf thrive at the Games.

"He made the point that he really wants golf to succeed as an Olympic sport."

Will Rory make an appearance at the Tokyo Games in four years?

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