TROON, SCOTLAND | While Jordan Spieth agonized about his decision to skip the Olympics next month, Rory McIlroy felt no such emotional turmoil.
He’s heard the talk about golf’s return to the Olympics being a great boost to international grow-the-game initiatives but it didn’t weigh heavily on McIlroy’s decision. That, McIlroy suggested, is for others to focus on while he concentrates on his game.
“Honestly, I don’t think it was as difficult a decision for me as it was for him,” McIlroy said Tuesday. “I don’t feel like I’ve let the game down at all. I didn’t get into golf to try to grow the game. I got into golf to win championships and win major championships, and all of a sudden you get to this point and there is a responsibility on you to grow the game, and I get that.
“But at the same time that’s not the reason that I got into golf. I got into golf to win. I didn’t get into golf to get other people into the game.”
McIlroy said he is happy with his decision and he intends to watch the Olympics. It doesn’t, however, sound as if he will spend much time watching what happens in golf’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence.
What specifically will McIlroy tune in to watch?
“Probably the events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters,” he said.