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Rory McIlroy admits he was ‘pleasantly surprised’ by Olympic golf

Rory McIlroy

After being one of those most critical of the concept of Olympic golf, Rory McIlroy is sort of coming around on the concept.

McIlroy admitted that he’d watched a bit of the golf and came away impressed with how it turned out.

“It pleasantly surprised me,” McIlroy said Wednesday, via Jason Sobel of ESPN. “There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see, it really was. It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of the cheaper tickets, as well, and I think that encouraged a lot of people to go.

“To see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong.”

McIlroy had some very negative comments about Olympic golf before he got to see the spectacle. By his own admission, he didn’t think it would be very interesting, but he seems to have come around.

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