McIlroy unsure of which nation he'd represent in 2016 Olympic golf

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Rory McIlroy plans to wait until he has to make a decision before he declares which nation he would play for in the 2016 Olympics.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Monday, January 02, 2012 | 5:38 p.m.

Rory McIlroy has decided not to declare which team he would represent in the Olympics until he has to.

Two years ago, the 22-year-old said it would be Great Britain and Northern Ireland if he qualifies for golf's return to the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But all Northern Irish citizens can opt for Ireland, and the U.S. Open champion now says he doesn't know.

"Basically, if I am going to be very honest, which I usually am, whatever I say is going to upset someone," he said. "So I may as well just say I don't know and wait until four or five years' time, whenever I have to make a decision."

If he is in the world's top 15 at the cut-off point, McIlroy would be guaranteed a place in the 60-strong Olympic field and he is certainly looking forward to the possibility.

"It would be a huge honor to represent your country," he said. "It would be a great achievement to win a gold medal.

"As the Olympic Games come closer, I think the excitement will build for it and people will get into it more and I think it's great for the game of golf that it's now become an Olympic sport," he added. "It will spread the game all over the world and make it recognised in different countries, which can only be good."