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January 04, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Britain or Ireland? Rory McIlroy’s Olympic dilemma

Posted at 11:49 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: Bill Clinton, Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is still not sure which country he will play for at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the first year that golf will be included in the games, according to PGA.com.

Two years ago, the 22-year-old said it would be Great Britain and Northern Ireland if he qualifies for golf's return to the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But all Northern Irish citizens can opt for Ireland, and the U.S. Open champion now says he doesn't know.

"Basically, if I am going to be very honest, which I usually am, whatever I say is going to upset someone," he said. "So I may as well just say I don't know and wait until four or five years' time, whenever I have to make a decision."

If he is in the world's top 15 at the cut-off point, McIlroy would be guaranteed a place in the 60-strong Olympic field and he is certainly looking forward to the possibility.

For some background on McIlroy’s decision, read Niall Stanage’s fascinating New York Times article “Northern Ireland’s McIlroy Transcends Boundaries” from last summer. 

Bill Clinton reveals his dream foursome, plan for Democrat-GOP cooperation
Former President Bill Clinton is getting ready to host the Humana Challenge PGA Tour event later this month in Palm Springs, Calif., and Phil Roche of The (San Bernardino, Calif.) Sun caught up with Clinton to talk about his dream foursome and how golf could improve cooperation in Washington.

Like most Americans, he doesn't think relations have improved through the years between the GOP and Democrats.

His advice: Tee it up together.

"When you actually see someone as a human being, it's hard to disregard what they have to say," he said. "You might learn something.”

Clinton’s dream foursome is pretty eclectic as well. He actually chose six, one of the perks of power.

Former president Bill Clinton said he would have liked to have played golf with the great English professional, Harry Vardon.

Wouldn't we all?

And add Abe Lincoln and the two Roosevelts (Teddy and Franklin D.) to his wish list.

"Vardon was a smart rascal," Clinton said. "I have two of his first edition books and I read all the others."

The other pros he'd like to play with are Bobby Jones and Sam Snead.

"I never played with Snead," Clinton said. "When he was 82, he said he'd play me and take no more than $1,000 from me."

Officials say Iraq War vet drowned retrieving golf balls from lake
Sad news from the Tampa, Fla., area. An Iraq War veteran –- who received a Purple Heart –- died while SCUBA diving for golf balls to make some extra cash at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brownsville, Fla. The New York Daily News has the details:

Tampa area search crews on Tuesday recovered the dead body of a diver who went missing while recovering golf balls from a country club lake, authorities said.

David Voiles, 43, an Iraq war veteran who received a Purple Heart after surviving an IED attack while serving with the Tennessee National Guard, was not killed by alligators, as investigators initially feared, but appears to have drowned, medical examiners told local station WTSP.

Local dive teams found him submerged in about 8 feet of water around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the station said.

The lake's depth was estimated to range between 10 and 25 feet.

Authorities suspect that his breathing equipment may have failed or that he suffered a sudden medical emergency, the station said.

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