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Rory McIlroy’s Rio decision puts spotlight on golf and Olympics

European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy celebrates after halving the hole during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy had a potential out from golf’s Olympic return from the moment that landmark decision was voted through in 2009. The delicacy of a Northern Irish sportsman, not least one as high-profile as McIlroy, having to declare for an Irish or British Olympic team meant the option of passing up the 2016 Games entirely was initially a live prospect.