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Poll: Do you consider Rory McIlroy to be British or Irish?

It’s the question on everyone’s mind as the world hails a potential sporting great.

Rory McIlroy: Winner
Rory McIlroy: Winner
Image: Nick Wass/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER HIS HISTORIC and record-breaking win in the US Open at Congressional last night, Rory McIlroy has been hailed by the world’s media for his extraordinary talent.

Comparisons to golfing greats are already being made and at just 22 he is tipped to win majors for years to come, having become the youngest player to win the US championship since 1923.

But with people on both sides of the water hailing the Co Down man, the issue of whether he is British or Irish is one that is on everyone’s lips.

Back in 2010, the man himself was asked did he consider himself British or Irish. McIlroy told the PGA Tour website: “Pass. I’m Northern Irish, I hold a British passport, so there you go.”

But in a 2009 interview with The Telegraph he called it the “awkward question” when asked would he represent Great Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics, but said: “I’d probably play for Great Britain. I have a British passport.”

So with that in mind, do you consider the 2011 US Open champion to be British or Irish?


Poll Results:

Irish (2751)
Who cares, he's a winner (2080)
British (1702)



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Hugh O'Connell

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