Last year he was in Donegal competing at the Irish Open. But this week Rory McIlroy has declared his intent to represent Ireland at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in golf.

Following Rory McIlroy’s comments at the USPGA Championship press conference on 14th May where he responded to a media query about the Olympics, the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) has issued this statement:

Neil Manchip, the CGI nominee for men’s golf Team Leader at the Tokyo Olympics said: “We are delighted that Rory has signalled his intention to compete for Ireland at the Olympics in Tokyo next year. We've had several conversations over the last couple of months and I know he’s excited about playing. Having a multiple major winner as part of Team Ireland will undoubtedly be a boost to the entire team making the trip next year.”

The qualifying process for the Olympics runs 1st July 2018 up to 22nd June 2020.

The current standings in the qualification process for Team Ireland men’s team:

4th – Rory McIlroy

21st - Shane Lowry

120th - Graeme McDowell

154th - Paul Dunne

240th – Padraig Harrington

268th - Seamus Power

The current standings in the qualification process for Team Ireland women’s team:

41st – Leona Maguire

51st – Stephanie Meadow

The Olympic field is restricted to 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competitions. The IGF will utilise the official world golf rankings to create the Olympic Golf Rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.

More information on the qualification process can be found at https://www.igfgolf.org/olympic-games/tokyo-2020/tokyo-2020-qualification-system/tokyo-2020-olympic-golf-rankings/

CAPTION: Rory McIlroy with Shane Lowry and Neil Manchip at The Open last year. Pic Goffile

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