Does Rory McIlroy play for Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland and what religion is the golfer?
By Sam Street30th September 2018, 6:23 pmUpdated: 30th September 2018, 6:23 pm
RORY McILROY was loving life as Europe celebrated a Ryder Cup win over the USA, but fans were interested to see him in a Northern Irish flag.
Phil Mickelson's drive into the water meant McIlroy's last ditch defeat to Justin Thomas was rendered irrelevant as the Europeans won back the trophy from the Americans.
Where is Rory McIlroy from?
Rory McIlroy is a Northern Irish golfer, born in Holywood, County Down,
He holds a British passport but self-identifies as Northern Irish, British and Irish.
Normally reluctant to discuss his nationality, he was backed into a corner when golf was introduced to the Olympics.
Acknowledging the tough choice he faced, McIlroy said: "I just think being from where we're from, we're placed in a very difficult position.
"I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK.
"If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland.
"Play for one side or the other â" or not play at all because I may upset too many peopleâ¦ Those are my three options I'm considering very carefully."
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Which country does Rory McIlroy play for in golf?
In tour events, Rory McIlroy represents Northern Ireland, which is why he was given the flag of the six counties after victory in the Ryder Cup.
But with Northern Ireland participating under the banner of Great Britain at the Olympics, McIlroy declared that he would represent Ireland.
He said in 2014:
"I have been thinking about the decision a lot and remembered all the times I represented Ireland as an amateur," he said on Wednesday.
"I've played for Ireland my whole life and there's no reason to change that now - it's just a continuation of what I've done.
"It's a decision I feel comfortable with and I'll be proud to represent Ireland in 2016.
"I'm 100% sure it's the right decision for me and I hope people respect my decision."
But he ultimately pulled out of the competition in Brazil due to the Zika virus.
After the event he declared that he was unlikely to play in the 2020 Olympics.
And he claimed he resented being put on the spot, telling the Irish Independent: "It put me in a position where I had to question who I am, where am I from
"Whether that's right or wrong, it's how I feel."
Is Rory McIlroy Protestant or Catholic?
Rory McIlroy is Roman Catholic.Reaction from Ryder Cup Team Europe heroes Rory Mcilroy and Francesco Molinari after they extend lead over Team USASource: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland