Rory McIlroy was a bit reluctant to compete at the Tokyo Olympics but on Wednesday he said the experience won him over and he is already looking forward to the 2024 Paris Games.
McIlroy was initially a disinterested participant in the Tokyo Olympics, where he represented Ireland, saying he was not a patriotic guy and only doing it because he felt it was the right thing to do for the sport.
But world No. 12 McIlroy, speaking ahead of this week’s PGA Tour event in Memphis, Tenn., is singing a whole new tune after falling short in a seven-man playoff for the bronze medal in his Olympic debut.
“I certainly didn’t expect to feel the way I did when I was there, but it was great. It was a great experience. I had a wonderful time,” McIlroy told reporters at TPC Southwind where the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational begins on Thursday. Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele also is playing in that event.
“I had a good chance of getting a medal there at the end and didn’t quite pan out, but it was a great week. I’m already looking forward to Paris.”