Rory McIlroy will only watch the sports "that matter" and not golf at the Olympic Games

The former Open Champion was speaking ahead of the third major of the year

BY Daniel Kelly 13:56 Tuesday 12 July 2016, 13:56 12 Jul 2016

Picture by: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Golf's standing at the Olympics has taken another blow, before a shot is even hit in Rio de Janeiro.

Rory McIlroy, one of the list of golfers who has pulled out of the Games has said he won't even watch the golf tournament in Brazil, preferring to watch the "ones that matter".

The 2014 Open Champion was speaking to the press ahead of his return to the tournament for the first time since lifting the Claret Jug. He missed the defence of his title last year due to an injury when playing football with friends.

The 60-man entry list was confirmed on Monday afternoon, with Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power qualifying to represent Ireland. McIlroy was asked if he has planned to watch the event, after deciding to pull out of it due to fears over the Zika virus.

McIlroy also spoke to the press about his role within the game, claiming his job as a golfer is to try and be successful as possible. 

The four-time major winner tees off at Royal Troon on Thursday morning just after 9.30am with Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson.

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