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Rory McIlroy 'glad to be proven wrong' about golf at the Olympics

McIlroy rejected the chance to represent Ireland in Rio over health concerns related to the Zika virus.

World number five Rory McIlroy.
World number five Rory McIlroy.

RORY McILROY WAS pleased to be proved wrong by the success of the golf tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The world number five was one of a host of players to opt out of Rio 2016 over health concerns related to the Zika virus and McIlroy stated he may not even watch the tournament prior to the Games.

Golf proved to be a huge success in Brazil, though, with Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson battling it out on the final round for the gold medal, with their tussle going down to the very last hole.

Rose ultimately prevailed for Great Britain and McIlroy revealed he had seen the conclusion to the competition and was pleasantly surprised by the reception golf received.

“It was nice to be proven wrong,” the Northern Irishman said ahead of the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs at The Barclays.

“I thought golf was going to get lost a little bit. It was away from the Olympic village, I thought it was going to be blended in with everything else and be — not forgotten about — but just one of a lot of sports.

“To see the turnout and crowd I was glad to be proven wrong.”

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