Rory McIlroy news may make Bryson DeChambeau jealous after US Open battle | Golf | Sport


Rory McIlroy has been handed an opportunity that may make new US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau slightly jealous this summer. McIlroy has qualified to represent Ireland in the summer Olympics in Paris – an opportunity not afforded to DeChambeau despite his desire to represent the United States.

McIlroy and Shane Lowry are set to represent Ireland at Le Golf National as the men’s golf tournament takes place between August 1 and August 4. The Olympic qualifying period ended on Sunday when McIlroy narrowly missed out on his first major win in a decade as DeChambeau snatched victory from him at the last moment at Pinehurst No.2.

However, DeChambeau’s path to the Olympics is complicated by the fact that the OWGR does not recognise LIV Golf events. As a result, the American did not earn a spot in the event, which sees the United States the only country granted four spots instead of two.

Scottie Scheffler (No.1), Xander Schauffele (No. 3), Wyndham Clark (No.5) and Collin Morikawa (No. 7) are the US qualifiers as a result of their world rankings. As a result, they will have the same chance as McIlroy to compete in Paris.

If DeChambeau’s success with LIV Golf had been recognised, he would likely have secured a place on the team. Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, the Californian recently expressed his disappointment at not being able to represent his country due to five Americans ranking higher than him.

„I would love to represent the United States,“ the 30-year-old said. „It was tough for me last time around because of Covid, it was just one of those things that happened.

„Hopefully one day the game of golf will get figured out and come back together and I’ll be able to play. I’m playing great golf, I’m excited but ultimately I’m frustrated and disappointed, sure you can absolutely say that. I made the choices I have made and there’s consequences to that, I respect it. But hopefully sooner rather than later we figure that out.“

Given his desire to play at the Olympics, there may be a tinge of jealousy seeing McIlroy and other counterparts get the chance to do just that as he watches on from afar. But there’s no doubt DeChambeau will be more than satisfied to have the US Open trophy in his possession instead, as well as millions in the bank from his LIV Golf deal.

For McIlroy, the Olympics represent a chance at redemption following his harrowing final round at Pinehurst. Acknowledging the need for some time off the green to reset after his agonising near-miss in securing another major title, a victory that has eluded him for ten years, the Northern Irish ace took to social media with an honest reflection on his performance.

„Yesterday was a tough day, probably the toughest I’ve had in my nearly 17 years as a professional golfer,“ McIlroy stated. „Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Bryson. He is a worthy champion and exactly what professional golf needs right now. I think we can all agree on that.

„As I reflect on my week, I’ll rue a few things over the course of the tournament, mostly, the 2 missed putts on 16 and 18 on the final day. But, as I always try to do, I’ll look at the positives of the week that far outweigh the negatives. As I said at the start of the tournament, I feel closer to winning my next major championship than I ever have.

„The one word that I would describe my career as is resilient. I’ve shown my resilience over and over again in the last 17 years and I will again. I’m going to take a few weeks away from the game to process everything and build myself back up for my defense of the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Troon.“



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