The 2016 Rio Olympics are still more than four years away, but Rory McIlroy has already discussed his dilemma of choosing which nation to represent at the Games — Ireland or Great Britain. McIlroy's countryman Padraig Harrington is the latest to weigh in, and the three-time major-winner says the most pro-Irish thing McIlroy can do is to play for Great Britain. Here's Harrington's rationale, according to the Irish Times.
"I'm fascinated with all this conversation about who we declare for," the Dubliner told Setanta Sports in a new program called The Cut Line, to be aired at 10 p.m. on Saturday evening.
"If Rory and Graeme declare for Great Britain, it means we get two more Irish guys into it – as in myself and Darren Clarke get to play. You see the system works if you're in the top fifteen, you can have more than two from the country.
"So, if somebody wants Rory to be as Irish as he can be, he better declare for GB and we get two more guys in. When it comes down to it, it will be a complete no brainer because nobody is losing out, you're actually just gaining a couple of more spots for Irish guys."
An Olympic gold, he says, could be a "career-defining" moment, that "will have relevance in time".
Is Harrington's opinion patriotic or self-serving? And is there any guarantee that in four years he and Clarke would be the two best Irishmen after McIlroy and McDowell? Let us hear it in the comments section below. It's Never Too Early……to start talking Masters. This week Golfodds.com released its odds on the Masters. Looks like some insiders believe that Tiger is back. Here are the favorites, according to the site. Odds to Win 2012 Masters: Tiger Woods 9/2 Rory McIlroy 8/1 Phil Mickelson 15/1 Lee Westwood 20/1 Luke Donald 20/1 Adam Scott 25/1 Jason Day 30/1 Dustin Johnson 30/1 Nick Watney 40/1 Rickie Fowler 40/1 Martin Kaymer 40/1 Charl Schwartzel 40/1 Sergio Garcia 30/1 Matt Kuchar 40/1 Hunter Mahan 40/1 Steve Stricker 40/1 Anthony Kim 40/1 Webb Simpson 40/1 Bubba Watson 50/1 Justin Rose 60/1 Geoff Ogilvy 60/1 K.J. Choi 50/1 Graeme McDowell 60/1 Padraig Harrington 80/1 Retief Goosen 80/1 Paul Casey 50/1 Ian Poulter 60/1 Jim Furyk 60/1 Zach Johnson 80/1 Keegan Bradley 60/1 Angel Cabrera 100/1 Y.E. Yang 80/1 Gary Woodland 80/1 Ryo Ishikawa 100/1 Ryan Moore 100/1 Ernie Els 80/1 Brandt Snedeker 60/1 Bill Haas 80/1 Bo Van Pelt 80/1 Field (All Others) 15/1
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