R&A head Dawson looking into whether rules may dictate Olympic choice for McIlroy

Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson is looking into regulations that could keep Rory McIlroy from choosing which team he represents in the 2016 Olympics.

McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, and he has been caught in a tough spot politically whether to play for Ireland or Britain when golf returns to the Olympic program in Rio for the first time since 1904.

Dawson said Tuesday there might be precedence based on McIlroy previously playing for Ireland at the World Cup or in amateur golf.

He says he would like to take the burden of choice away from McIlroy because it's not fair for the two-time major champion to choose. He says the last thing golf wants is for a player to worry about which team he should represent.