G-Mac To Represent Ireland In Olympics


Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has revealed he expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio if he is selected. McDowell represented Ireland in November’s World Cup in Melbourne, ruling out the option of playing for Team GB in Brazil. Jason Day’s final round 70 secured the win for Australia – who had been favourites with Betfair to win the tournament going into the weekend.

Olympic rules state that he could only play for Team GB if three years have passed since representing Ireland. So while athletes born in Northern  Ireland are eligible to represent Great Britain or Ireland at Olympic Games, McDowell has now pledged his allegiance to the Irish in Brazil.

McDowell and fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy have long been plagued by the question as to who they would both play for in the Olympics, where golf will be making its debut appearance. But unlike McDowell, McIlroy still has the choice of playing for Great Britain or Ireland in Rio, if he decides to take part.

“With Olympic regulations I’ll have to play for Ireland when it comes to the Olympics – if good enough,” McDowell said.

“It is a very touchy subject, one that myself and Rory have not really enjoyed answering questions about the last few years because it is very difficult to pick a side because you are going to end up upsetting someone from either side”

With the Olympics still some distance away, McDowell’s sole focus will now be on getting himself back into the world top-10. The 2010 US Open champion has slipped to 12th in the world rankings following a disappointing season in which his RBC Heritage victory remains his sole title of the 2013, and even though Betfair customers have consistently backed him to win tournaments, the Northern Irishman has failed to perform in the big tournaments this year.

McDowell will be hoping he can get a strong start to 2014 and make sure he can get himself into form heading into the first major of the year in April. The Northern Irishman is always a popular choice with those betting on golf when it comes to the majors, and there is no reason why an in-form McDowell couldn’t win a second major title next year.

Image courtesy of The Guardian

  1. Of all the eligible golfers that could represent Ireland I never expected G-Mac !! All the media speculation was on the Rory. The best of luck to G-Mac, he may throw that Ulster flag (above ) in the Boyne when he’s travelling down to ROI. lol.


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