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Rory McIlroy says golfers are not really Olympic athletes

Rory McIlroy says golfers are not really Olympic athletes

In a moment when his mouth moved before his brain had a chance to do some editing, Rory McIlroy eloquently laid out the crisis of conscience for pro golfers in the Olympics.

Speaking to David Feherty on the Golf Channel a couple of weeks ago, shortly after he’d won the Irish Open and still was expressing enthusiasm about going for the gold in Brazil, McIlroy said what others must be feeling.

“To call yourself an Olympian, I feel somewhat …” he said before a contemplative pause. “It does an injustice to the people who have trained for four years for this event. Golfers are going to go down there for a week, pitch up and enjoy the whole...

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