Rory McIlroy could skip Rio Games due to Zika virus

Written By Peter Thompson
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Rory McIlroy may opt out of the Rio Olympics after expressing concerns over the spread of the Zika virus.

The four-time major winner is due to represent Ireland in Brazil when golf returns to the Games after a 112-year absence.

McIlroy this month said he was "worried" to see some fellow players decide against taking part in August.

But the world No. 3 has now stated he is not guaranteed to compete himself due to the threat of a virus, which evidence has shown can lead to birth defects in newborn babies.

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McIlroy told BBC Newsline after winning his first Irish Open title on Sunday, "There's going to be a point in the next couple of years where we're (he and fiancee Erica Stoll) going to have to think about starting a family. 

"Right now I'm ready to go but I don't want anything to affect that."

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