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Rory McIlroy on Olympics: 'The Risk Wasn’t Worth the Reward'

Rory McIlroy Pulls Out of Rio Olympics Over Zika Concerns
Rory McIlroy announced Wednesday he would not be representing Northern Ireland in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio citing concerns over the Zika virus. This is golf's first time in the Olympics in over 100 years. 

In an interview published by the Telegraph on Friday, Rory McIlroy talked about the upcoming British Open, his lack of regret about the Olympics and his private life in Florida with fiancee Erica Stoll.

McIlroy seems to have no regrets about his decision to skip the Olympics this year in Rio. For him, the risk of contracting Zika wasn’t worth the potential for gold medal glory. “I haven’t been dreaming about the Olympics my whole life," he said. "In my opinion, the risk I was going to face didn’t match what I was playing for. The risk wasn’t worth the reward."

The 27-year-old also told the Telegraph that he cherished the anonymity he had in West Palm Beach with Stoll, a stark contrast to his previous relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. “No one bothers us, because there are so many stars there in their own right, and we can go and do whatever we want,” he said. “I like it best, I suppose, when no one knows who I am.” He also explained that these days he prefers a normal life at home to the attention and noise of the red carpet. 

As for the British Open at Royal Troon, which starts next week, McIlroy doesn’t seem too worried, despite recent issues with his driver and a missed cut at the U.S Open at Oakmont. “If I play well, most courses suit my game,” he said.

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"The way I have to explain it is, I have four Olympics every year. These guys have one every four years. The risk to them is worth it."

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