McIlroy will represent Ireland

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Rory McIlroy has announced that he will don the Irish colours at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

The 25-year-old Ulsterman is eligible to represent both Ireland and Great Britain, but who he will play for when golf makes its Olympic return in two years’ time has been a topic of much discussion.

So much so that McIlroy hinted that he might choose not to participate in order to not offend anyone.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 in 2016 after it was voted in by the International Olympic Committee in 2009 alongside rugby sevens.

“I have been thinking about the decision a lot and remembered all the times I represented Ireland as an amateur,” he said on Wednesday.

Golf is being played at the Olympics for the first time since 1904, having been voted in along with rugby sevens by the International Olympic Committee in 2009.

McIlroy has twice represented Ireland in the World Cup of golf, both times alongside fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

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