World number one Rory McIlroy says he may opt against playing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero due to concerns over his nationality.
Due to Olympic regulations, the Northern Irishman would need to pick between representing the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.
The political implications of such a decision are something McIlroy said he’d prefer to avoid, along with fellow Northern Irish major winner Graeme McDowell.
“I just think being from where we’re from, we’re placed in a very difficult position,” McIlroy told reporters.
“I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team, I’d play for Northern Ireland.
“Play for one side or the other – or not play at all because I may upset too many people. … Those are my three options I’m considering very carefully.”
Golf will be included in the Olympic games for the first time since 1904.