McDowell wants IOC to make Olympic decision

Northern Irishman doesn't want to choose between Ireland or GB

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Graeme McDowell wants the IOC to decide whether he plays for Great Britain or Ireland at Rio 2016.

As there is no Northern Ireland team at the Olympics, the 33-year-old joins compatriot Rory McIlroy in the dilemma as to which nation they wish to represent.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson previously stated an Olympic regulation may take the decision out of the players’ hands which McDowell backed.

Dawson thought because McIlroy represented Ireland in two World Cups he would have to play for Ireland at the Olympics.

However, the IOC cited a rule that says if three years passed since he represented Ireland, the 23-year-old could play for GB.

McDowell said: “I'm in the boat where I don't mind if the Olympic committee made that call for us.

“It's a difficult decision that Rory and I are in - Northern Ireland is a very interesting part of the world politically.

“It puts us in a very enviable, or even unenviable, position of being able to choose which team we might represent in the Olympics.

"I've said in the past I would play for any of the two teams, anybody that would have me”

World No.2 McIlroy caused controversy in September when he said he felt more British than he did Irish, suggesting he would be flying the union jack at Rio.

In January he seemed to backtrack saying that “if there was a Northern Irish team I would play for Northern Ireland” and then suggested he may skip the Olympics to avoid making a decision.

McDowell added: "It's a huge scenario - Rory, being the player he is and the world number one for many weeks, he was certainly thrust into the spotlight and had his comments analysed over and over.

"If the Olympic committee come out and say that as we played for Ireland in the World Cup, we have to play for Ireland in the Olympics, then so be it.

"It's much easier for them to make that decision for us rather than players being dragged through the media and upsetting people by having to choose.”

Construction of the course is already underway and with the event fast approaching a decision should be made sooner rather than later.

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to be honest with the englishmen availiable to us let them play for the Irish at least they would get a game.
with the like of Poults,Rose, Donald and Westy i dont think we are a weak side.

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 11:55

England don't compete in the Olympics.

 

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 12:00

neither do northern ireland ,but GB does.

and i cant think of any Scots or Welsh good enough to make the team anyway.

and ive looked at my original post again ,then rechecked it ,and then i had another look ,and do you know what .....i havent mentioned anything about an England team.

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:07

JMD
By 2016 there might be a Mctiger Woods or two on the scene :-).......

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:06

Official World Golf Rankings: (non- Irish GB standings)

4th Rose

5th Donald

12th Westwood

17th Poulter

37th Jamie Donaldson

38th Paul Lawrie

 

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:12

McIlroy and McDowell are 2nd and 8th, with Harrington 53rd and Shane Lowry 79th.

There's surely own one sensible option, and that's for McIroy and McDowell to play for Ireland and keep everyone happy.    The Brits won't give a toss, it's just the paddies who would cause a bigoted fuss if they played for "us".

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:15

Funky wrote (see)

neither do northern ireland ,but GB does.

and i cant think of any Scots or Welsh good enough to make the team anyway.

and ive looked at my original post again ,then rechecked it ,and then i had another look ,and do you know what .....i havent mentioned anything about an England team.

"with the Englishmen available" and then listing solely an English foresome, pretty clear what you meant.

Anyway, with Lawrie, Ramsey, Laird, Gallacher, Donaldson and Jamieson all rising in the rankings and winning recently, I'd suggest you brush up a bit on your British golfers.

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:59

Lou B wrote (see)

McIlroy and McDowell are 2nd and 8th, with Harrington 53rd and Shane Lowry 79th.

There's surely own one sensible option, and that's for McIroy and McDowell to play for Ireland and keep everyone happy.    The Brits won't give a toss, it's just the paddies who would cause a bigoted fuss if they played for "us".

Well apart from the bigoted Brits in Ulster and Glasgow that is, who would give a toss.

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 20:00

FS ,i just listed the top four availiable without the two macs.

 nothing bigoted in that mate .

and if any of your mentioned golfers be higher in the rankings come team picking time ,you wont hear any whimpering from me as they will be there on merit.

 as it stands Poults and Westy wouldnt get in should the macs end up choosing team GB over team Ireland.

 and anyway im not sure how many golfers will be playing for each team ,it might only be two ,it might be four .

 either way whoever is picked for either team i will be cheering them on as i like all the named golfers and what nationality they are well,i couldnt give a monkeys,they are golfers .

 

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 20:26

How any of you can even get the remotest bit excited re Olympic Golf and who is in the team surprises me. In terms of the golfing calendar, it will probably rank as the 11th or 12th most anticipated event.

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:18

Yep - about as exiting as olympic football; ie not very!

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:48

McStumpy wrote (see)

How any of you can even get the remotest bit excited re Olympic Golf and who is in the team surprises me. In terms of the golfing calendar, it will probably rank as the 11th or 12th most anticipated event.

I'd have it a lot lower than that McS. If they'd made it some sort of team event, then it may have generated some interest, but another run of the mill 72 hole strokplay event, pah.

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:29

 

Funky

sweatys or taffy sheep shaggers

 

 

That must be acceptable racism then?  well played GM

 

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 00:31

Rory should definitely play for Ireland


Britain could then pick a player who has a chance of winning summat

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:06

Diablo1072 wrote (see)

 

Funky

sweatys or taffy sheep shaggers

 

 

That must be acceptable racism then?  well played GM

 

Point taken

Funky do not be nasty to our neighbours by racial stereotyping

 

 

. . . even if they do want to partition themselves from us

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:10

Still think it should be an amateur team event, teams of 4 inc. 1 female.

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:27

Diablo1072 wrote (see)

 

Funky

sweatys or taffy sheep shaggers

 

 

That must be acceptable racism then?  well played GM

 

 

 

 

I swithered about moderating that, but let it go on the basis that as a Scot I wasn't offended. Although I don't think remarks like that do the poster any credit. Anyway, I have now cleaned up the thread to show the nationalities intended.

Marshall Taz is back in town, don't want him to think I've spent the last few months in the saloon while the Clanton brothers ran amok..... 

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 17:02

Lou B, I am a 'paddie' (sic), as you call it, and I'd like to say that (i) you're ignorant and (ii) the 'Paddies' don't care who McIlroy plays for in Rio.  In fact, I'd prefer if he played for GB because he isn't worthy of playing for the 'Paddies', even though he is one.  And Taz, we don't WANT to partition ourselves from you, we HAVE partitioned ourseleves from you, thankfully.

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 17:59