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McIlroy: 'Got into golf to win,' not grow the game

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TROON, Scotland – Jordan Spieth said his decision to miss the Olympics was the most difficult one he’s had to make in his 22 years on earth.

Rory McIlroy ... not so much.

“Honestly, I don’t think it was as difficult a decision for me as it was for him,” McIlroy said Tuesday at Royal Troon. “I don’t feel like I’ve let the game down at all. I didn’t get into golf to try and grow the game. I got into golf to win championships and all of a sudden you get to this point and there is a responsibility on you to grow the game, and I get that. But at the same time that’s not the reason that I got into golf. I got into golf to win. I didn’t get into golf to get other people into the game.”

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McIlroy has long been one of the better interviews in golf. You want honestly? You’ll get it. You want deep, thoughtful answers? He’ll give you those too.

While McIlroy’s comments may come across as crass, you have to give him credit for speaking his mind.

Back to the Olympics. Surely, McIlroy will at least watch his fellow colleagues as they compete for medals in Rio.

“I’ll probably watch the Olympics, but I’m not sure golf will be on of the events I’ll watch,” he said.


What will he watch?

“Probably the events like track and field, swimming, diving. The stuff that matters.”