Rory McIlroy Proven Wrong About Golf in the Olympics after previously saying he would only watch "the stuff that mattered"


Rory McIlroy Proven Wrong About Golf in the Olympics

World number five Rory McIlroy has admitted that he was proven wrong about golf in the Olympics.

Justin Rose won the men’s tournament whilst Inbee Park won the women’s. Both events received widespread fanfare and were hugely successful in regards of the spectator numbers and the standard of play as golf made its Olympics return after 112 years.

Rory McIlroy Proven Wrong About Golf in the Olympics

McIlroy plays The Barclays this week in his first event since missing the cut in the USPGA

The Ulsterman initially pulled out of the Games back in June due to concerns over the zika virus.

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Speaking before this week’s Barclays tournament in New York, Rory said: “To see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong.

“There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see.”

“It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of the cheaper tickets as well, and I think that encouraged a lot of people to go.

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“I thought golf was sort of going to get lost a little bit. It was away from the village, I thought it was going to just sort of blend in with everything else.”

McIlroy had previously said that “most other athletes dream their whole lives about winning an Olympic gold. We haven’t. We dream about winning Claret Jugs and Green Jackets”

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He then went on to say he’d only watch the “track and field, swimming, diving… the stuff that matters”. However, it sounds like he may have caught some of the action.