"I have always felt more of a connection with the UK than with Ireland"
By mustang6560 on 9/10/12
Rory McIlroy just won the BMW Championship, which was his second FedExCup Playoffs victory in as many weeks against a stacked leaderboard. With his victory at Crooked Stick, the Ulsterman joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as only the third player in history to win six PGA Tour events before the ripe old age of 24. But, instead of discussing how great his recent accomplishments are, Rory is having to defend his recent comments about his national identity.
When golf returns to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Rory will have to decide if he's going to represent Great Britain or Ireland. In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, Rory said he's always felt more of a "connection" to Great Britain, which led some to think he was beginning the process of letting Ireland down easy.
'What makes it such an awful position to be in is I have grown up my whole life playing for Ireland under the Golfing Union of Ireland umbrella,' he said. 'But the fact is, I've always felt more British than Irish.Well, as you might expect, Rory
"Having just won three out of my last four tournaments, including a second Major Championship, I was hoping that my success on the golf course would be the more popular topic of golfing conversation today! However, the issue of my cultural identity has reemerged, and with it, the matter of my national allegiance ahead of the Rio Olympics.Rory is definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place regarding his allegiance. Rory, if you're reading, may I suggest becoming a U.S.-citizen and representing America? Why just piss off one country when you can piss of both countries?
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Or, he could simply elect not to play. He could site the fact that, by and large, the Olympics have historically been an amateur competition and that he feels that they should be kept that way.
He could marry Woczniak and play for her country.
That would be very noble @mjaber, but I doubt there is a Pro today that would pass up the chance to participate in the Olympics (any sport). That's what makes people like Bobby Jones so special, he was a true and noble amateur!
gripe #1, I wish we lived in a world where this was not an issue. gripe #2, Rory can still mathmatically lose the FedEx Cup at East Lake.
Bryan K says:
Definitely a non-issue. Criticizing someone about something as deeply personal as a national identity is patently absurd.
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