Rory McIlroy World number 5 happy to be proved wrong over Rio Olympics

After rejecting the chance to play at Rio 2016, Rory McIlroy admits the Olympic tournament proved his doubts about golf being included wrong.

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Rory McIlroy was pleased to be proved wrong by the success of the golf tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The world number five was one of a host of players to opt out of Rio 2016 over health concerns related to the Zika virus and McIlroy stated he may not even watch the tournament prior to the Games.

Golf proved a huge success in Brazil, though, with Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson battling on the final round for the gold medal, their tussle going to the final hole.

Rose ultimately prevailed for Great Britain and McIlroy revealed he had seen the conclusion to the competition and he was pleasantly surprised by the reception golf received.

"It was nice to be proven wrong," the Northern Irishman said ahead of the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs at The Barclays.

"I thought golf was going to get lost a little bit, it was away from the Olympic village, I thought it was going to be blended in with everything else and be - not forgotten about - but just one of a lot of sports.

"To see the turnout and crowd I was glad to be proven wrong."

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