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Published: 09:44 | 25/8/16

McIlroy happy to be proven wrong


Rory McIlroy was pleased to be 'proven wrong' about golf's return to the Olympics.

McIlroy was one of several of the world's top players to withdraw from the tournament, citing concerns over the Zika virus, before the four-time major winner criticised golf's place at the Olympics.

He caused controversy by suggesting that he would not watch the tournament on television, claiming that he would only watch "stuff that matters" - such as the athletics and swimming - although gold medal winner Justin Rose revealed he had watch the climax in Rio.

Speaking ahead of The Barclays, McIlroy confirmed he had watched Rose win gold in Brazil.

"I saw Henrik and Justin's fairway woods at the last and I saw the chip shots and I saw the putts and I saw the medal ceremony," McIlroy told reporters.

"Actually I spent the weekend in my in-laws cabin in upstate New York where there was no TV, no electricity. But we got back Sunday afternoon, so caught up with it.

"Obviously it pleasantly surprised me. There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see, it really was. It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of the cheaper tickets as well, and I think that encouraged a lot of people to go.

"It was well supported down there and I think Justin was a great winner. He was on board from the start. You go back years and see his quotes about it, and he was really excited to play and looking forward to play. So I think it was the right winner in the end, as well.

"It was nice to be proven wrong somewhat in terms of ... like I thought golf was sort of going to get lost a little bit. It was away from the village; I thought it was going to just sort of blend in with everything else and be, not forgotten about, but just one of a lot of sports that are there obviously. But to see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong."

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