Published Tuesday, 11 September 2012
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The debate over the Co Down star's national identity resurfaced this week after he admitted he has "always felt more British than Irish" in a newspaper interview.
It led to speculation that McIlroy had decided to compete for Team GB in Rio in 2016 when golf will become an Olympic sport for the first time.
However the 23-year-old world number one responded by saying he is yet to make up his mind.
In an open letter released on Twitter he wrote: "I am a proud product of Irish golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland and am hugely honoured to have come from very rich Irish sporting roots.
"I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. That is my background and always will be."
The Games in Rio are still four years away and I certainly won't be making any decisions any time soon.
UTV went to Holywood Golf Club, where it all began for Rory, to ask some of the members for their reaction to the controversy.
The overwhelming opinion was that they will continue to support their hometown hero no matter where his allegiances lie.
"I think the whole of Holywood Golf Club would stand by him either way," one woman said.
A man added: "I think he's in a very awkward situation because whatever happens, he's wrong on one side or wrong on the other!"
Another woman said: "It's up to him, just whatever he feels comfortable with."
While another added: "He's such a good golfer that should take precedence over any political innuendos that are made."
McIlroy has become one of the biggest global sports stars, with back to back tour wins following hot on the heels of USPGA glory - his second major title.
Former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Ringland said Rory can be a champion for all.
He said: "I think what we should do with Rory is continue to celebrate what a great ambassador for Northern Ireland he is and for the people here.
"He always goes out and represents all of us whether he's playing for NI, Ulster, Ireland, GB, Ryder Cup or whatever."