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Tuesday 18 September 2018

McDowell says it's highly likely he'll play for Team Ireland at Rio Games

GOLFER Graeme McDowell now looks likely to represent Ireland at the Olympics.

GMac would have been entitled to play for either Ireland or Great Britain in Rio in 2016, but his representation for Ireland at this week's World Cup seems to have resolved things

The issue has been a bone of contention for him and fellow Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy. Both want the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make a final decision.

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But this week, McDowell (34) has chosen to play for Ireland in the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne. And he said his decision indicates he is likely to play for Ireland at the Olympics.

"It's a very touchy subject, one that myself and Rory have not really enjoyed answering questions about because it's very difficult to pick a side – you're going to end up upsetting someone from either side," he said.

"From my point of view, when the World Cup came back on the schedule and it was coming to Royal Melbourne, I knew I wanted to be part of this team. We've always represented Ireland when it has come to the World Cup.

"So I believe that me being here and representing Ireland will mean, with the Olympic regulations, that I will have to play for Ireland when it comes to 2016 if good enough, if eligible, if fit enough."

McDowell suggested that McIlroy's representing Ireland at the World Cup could possibly preclude him from playing for Team GB in Rio when golf returns to the Olympics after 12 years.

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