Neil Manchip, the Team Leader of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), has confirmed that Rory McIlroy will represent Ireland, if selected, for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Manchip highlighted his delight at McIlroy’s commitment to representing Ireland in a statement released on Wednesday.
“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.”
In an exclusive interview with Pundit Arena before this year’s Masters tournament at Augusta National, Manchip spoke of the unusual circumstances surrounded McIlroy who has carried over his status as a child prodigy into world superstardom.
“You’ve got somebody like Rory who was a real child prodigy, brilliant from the day he started playing golf and has kept that up. That is really unusual, for a good underage player to be top of the world as well. It doesn’t often transfer across.”
McIlroy confirmed yesterday that he will “more than likely represent Ireland” at next year’s Olympic games. The qualifying process for the Olympics runs from 1st July 2018 up to 22nd June 2020.
The current standings in the qualification process for Team Ireland men’s team are as follows:
4th – Rory McIlroy
21st – Shane Lowry
120th – Graeme McDowell
154th – Paul Dunne
240th – Padraig Harrington
268th – Seamus Power
McIlroy’s comments followed by Manchip’s statement puts to bed the issue on whether or not the Co. Down native would represent the United Kingdom or Ireland on the international stage.