Published Monday, 24 December 2012
Rory McIlroy with the DP World Tour Championship and The Race to Dubai trophy. (© Getty)
Hailing from Holywood, Co Down, the golfer has the option of joining Team GB or Team Ireland if he decides to compete at the Rio de Janeiro games.
In a documentary with RTÉ, which will be aired on Thursday, the 23-year-old discusses the controversy which arose earlier this year when he told the Daily Mail that he felt more British than Irish.
He then penned an open letter discussing his allegiance dilemma on Twitter.
"Whatever I do, I know my decision is going to upset some people but I just hope the vast majority will understand," it read.
He added: "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."
In Thursday's programme, entitled 'Rory McIlroy - The Interview' he admits that being from Northern Ireland puts him in a difficult position.
The European Tour golfer of the year added that he didn't want to let anyone down or upset anyone over a choice he'd made.
However, McIlroy says he feels that he is "more than just a flag."
"I play golf and I'm an international sportsperson and it doesn't tie me to one flag or one allegiance," he said.
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