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Rory McIlroy To Play For Ireland In 2016 Olympics

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CORK, Ireland (AP) - Rory McIlroy has decided to play for Ireland, not Britain, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 25-year-old McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland, was eligible to play for Britain or Ireland and had been wrangling over a decision for more than a year.

The two-time major winner says Wednesday, “I have been thinking about the decision a lot and remembered all the times I represented Ireland as an amateur.”

McIlroy announced his decision on the eve of the Irish Open in Cork.

He has twice played in the World Cup for Ireland, both times alongside fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

Golf is returning to the Olympics in Rio for the first time since 1904.

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