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Tokyo Olympics: Rory McIlroy says he’s ‘not very patriotic’ and taking part in Video games is ‘the precise factor to do’ – NewsEverything NorthernIreland

Rory McIlroy has questioned whether or not there’s a lot to stay up for for him on the Olympics, including that he’s participating within the Video games as a result of it’s “the precise factor to do”.

The Northern Irishman was talking on Sunday after ending 15 photographs behind winner Collin Morikawa in The Open at Royal St. George’s.

“I’m not a really patriotic man,” he mentioned when requested if going to Tokyo amid the Covid-19 pandemic was a take a look at of his patriotism.

“I’m doing it as a result of I believe it’s the proper factor to do. I missed it final time and for golf to be an Olympic sport you want your greatest gamers there, and I really feel like I need to characterize the sport of golf greater than the rest.

“I do not know if there’s a lot to stay up for, it’s clearly going to be a really totally different setting.

“I’m trying ahead to getting one other week’s golf in and making an attempt to get my sport in form. There’s not a lot else to do there so 12 hours a day on the golf course, hopefully I get my sport in a bit higher form.”

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy and Shane Lowry will kind the Irish males’s crew in Tokyo

McIlroy, who pulled out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio due to well being considerations in regards to the Zika virus, will characterize Eire with Shane Lowry on the Video games, which get underway on 23 July.

Two South African footballers have turn out to be the primary rivals to check constructive for coronavirus within the athletes’ Olympic Village in Tokyo, whereas six athletes and two employees members from Crew GB’s athletics crew are self-isolating after being recognized as shut contacts of a person who examined constructive on their flight to Japan on 16 July.

“I’ve travelled everywhere in the world since this factor [the Covid-19 pandemic] began and I do not know the way I have not obtained it resulting from the place I have been and the environments I discover myself in,” the four-time Main winner continued.

“I’ve performed everything that I can to not get it. I am vaccinated, once I journey, I journey by myself as I’ve the posh of doing that.

“I hopefully should not choose it up on the way in which then once I get to Tokyo it’s only a case of abiding by the foundations and protocols, and making an attempt to not get it in order that your keep there’s solely seven days.”

McIlroy ‘must keep away from the errors’

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy delivered rounds of 70, 70, 69 and 71 at The Open

McIlroy’s newest bid so as to add to his 4 Main wins ended with him capturing 71 in Sunday’s ultimate spherical, which means he completed on stage par for the match after barely threatening the leaders all through the 4 days.

He appeared philosophical about his efficiency, saying that poor decision-making and errors had been guilty for his failure to problem for the title.

“It was very up and down. I believe I’ve made 17 birdies which might be greater than sufficient to contend. You have a look at the leaders and they’re making 4 or 5 bogeys by means of three days however I used to be up at 12 after which one other three bogeys right this moment,” he defined.

“I hold saying that the great things is in there, I make sufficient birdies however it’s nearly making an attempt to keep away from the errors.

“Whether or not that’s making an attempt to be too aggressive once I put myself in dangerous positions or if that’s simply placing myself in dangerous positions to start with, that’s the subsequent step within the development.”

Lowry going to Tokyo ‘to win a medal’

Shane Lowry
Lowry received The Open in 2019 at Royal Portrush

In contract to McIlroy’s outlook forward of the Olympic Video games, his Eire team-mate Shane Lowry, who completed in a tie for 12th at Royal St George’s, mentioned it’s a big honour to characterize his nation in Tokyo.

“I am not occurring holidays, I’ll attempt to win a medal. I am adamant I need to win an Olympic medal. I believe it could be big for our nation and it could be big for me and my household,” he mentioned.

“I by no means thought I might be going to the Olympics, that is the factor. Individuals requested me in regards to the Olympics just a few weeks in the past, however your thoughts is not on the Olympics as a result of you might have huge occasions like this [The Open].

“The Olympics will take some time to get to these ranges [of the Masters and the Open]. The Olympics will, at some stage, be as huge as these tournaments, and if I am going over there and win a medal it is going to be big in my thoughts.

“Who would have thought I might be going to the Olympics? Particularly me, a golfer who is not going to be doing the 100m anyway. It should be a cool expertise. My brother is coming to caddy for me. He has caddied for me earlier than and has performed a superb job.”

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