And, whilst he has made the trip to Tokyo for this year’s tournament, McIlroy was somewhat apprehensive about becoming an Olympian ahead of the Games.
Speaking after the Open Championship at Royal St George’s he said: “I don’t know if there is much to look forward to [about the Olympics], It’s obviously going to be a very different environment.”
Despite his initial Olympic doubt though, the Team Ireland outfit seemed to have had a clear change in opinion following his debut and time in and around the event in Tokyo.
Following his second round on Friday, McIlroy said: idn’t know if this was going to be my only Olympics that I play or whatever and I’m already looking forward to Paris. When your sport is in the Olympics, and you’re all a part of something that’s a bit bigger than yourself and your sport, and that’s a great thing.”