It was almost two years ago that
Now, it seems, he has changed his mind.
Speaking to reporters before the Irish Open, McIlroy announced that he plans to compete for Ireland. The reason?
"Obviously the World Cup's on in Brazil and it sort of gets you thinking," he said. "I've been thinking about it for a while."
Given the country's divided nature — with a border separating McIlroy's homeland of Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland to the south — it is not unusual for northern athletes to wear British colors at international competitions.
But the world's sixth-ranked golfer called the decision "a continuation" from his days as a junior and amateur player. McIlroy figured that his country's national championship offered a suitable stage for the announcement.