Golfing World News - June 19

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Rory McIlroy has declared he will play for Ireland and not Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the Rio OIympics in 2016.

From Holywood in Northern Ireland the world number six had the choice to choose but ahead of the first day’s play at the Irish Open, McIlroy revealed his choice.

Golf returns to the Olympic games in Brazil for the first time since 1904.

It’s the ladies who take centre-stage this week and the U.S. Women’s Open gets underway at Pinehurst later today.

Stacy Lewis is one of the favourites and the world number one is in North Carolina as she aims for major number three:

“I played really solid golf the last six months of the year. I just keep putting myself in contention. Keep giving myself a chance. I like the way my game suits this golf course. You've got to be able to hit it high, hit it far, and I can do that. I really seem to play well when I love a golf course, and I love this one. So hopefully that leads to some good things this week."

Now amongst the field is someone quite amazing, 11-year-old Lucy Li is the youngest ever qualifier in the tournament’s history:

That’s all for today, join us tomorrow when we’ll round up all the action from the opening day from Pinehurst as well as the latest from the PGA and European Tours.

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