Golf | Rory McIlroy to represent Ireland at 2020 Olympics

Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will represent Ireland at the 2020 Olympics.

The 30-year-old controversially chose not to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming he would not compete due to concerns over the Zika virus.

There was also intense discussion over whether McIlroy would represent Ireland or Great Britain in Brazil before his withdrawal.

McIlroy, who is currently playing in the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan, says he is excited to call himself an Olympian.

“I’m excited to play the Olympics and call myself an Olympian,” he told the Golf Channel.

“Coming to such a golf-crazy country like Japan helps.”

“It’s a really good atmosphere and just being here this week and seeing the enthusiasm of the fans makes me look forward to coming back next year and playing the Olympics.”

McIlroy says he made the decision more difficult than he needed too, and says it was easy to choose Ireland this time around.

“I think I made it more difficult for myself than I needed to,” he said.

“My feelings towards it were more about what other people will think. Once I got that out of my head and decided to do what was best for me, it became easy.

“The decision was that I was going to play golf for the country or nation that I’ve always played golf for, through my junior and amateur days, and now into my professional career.”