MCILROY VALUES MASTERS OVER
OLYMPIC GOLD IN 2016

31 January 2016

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy says he’d take a green jacket over a gold medal in 2016. The world number three was speaking with media at today’s Abu Dhabi Invitational at Yas Links.

“I would definitely wait another four years for the Olympics if I could get a real shot at the Masters,” said McIlroy, who lacks only a victory at Augusta National in his collection of major wins. He will play for Ireland in the Rio de Janeiro summer games later this year.

Today McIlroy is out on course in the charity pro-am at Yas, playing alongside tournament owner Mohammed al Farooq. Also in their fourball are Rory’s father Gerry and Belgian European Tour professional Thomas Pieters. A sizeable crowd of spectators and media are following the group.

Asked about any changes to his preparation for the Masters this year, McIlroy revealed that he will play more golf ahead of the Augusta showpiece than in previous years. Typically the season's first major has been his sixth tournament of the year, but in 2016 it will be his eighth. 

Another media interview for Rory McIlroy after driving it greenside at the tenth. It didn't stop him making birdie!

Another media interview for Rory McIlroy after driving it greenside at the tenth. It didn't stop him making birdie!