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The Tour Report

November 20 2013

8:25 AM

McDowell hints at Ireland for Olympics

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Graeme McDowell has been non-committal when it has come to which country he will represent in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil -- until now.

"I believe that me being here and representing Ireland will, you know, with the Olympic regulations, will mean that I will have to play for Ireland when it comes to the Olympics in 2016," McDowell said Wednesday from the ISPS HANDA World Cup in Australia.

Though McDowell is from Northern Ireland, he has the option to play for Great Britain or Ireland in the Olympics.

McDowell's fellow Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, has yet to decide which country he will play, and the subject has admittedly been a delicate one for the two.

"It is a very touchy political and religious subject, one that myself and Rory have not really enjoyed answering questions about the last few years because it is very difficult to pick a side because you are going to end up upsetting someone from either side really," McDowell said. "We grew up wanting to wear the green jacket and have the golf bag with the Ireland logo on it ... the Golf Union of Ireland looks after all the players in Ireland and I have always enjoyed being part of that. When it comes to the Olympic discussion, that raises some questions as to who we play for.

"I was always very much trying to sit the fence, again, because I really did not want to have to make that decision. So, you know, part of me feels relieved to not have to make that decision."