2020 Tokyo Olympics: Rory McIlroy’s Hilarious Reason for Not Wearing a Hat in Competition

by Jacklyn Krol

Why hasn’t Rory McIlroy worn his hat at the Olympics?

Although it’s not an official rule, the majority of golfers wear hats while playing. Typically it keeps the sun out of their eyes and it provides a great sponsorship opportunity. Additionally, he was photographed with a sunburn on his face, something that could have been prevented.

PGA Tour’s Sean Martin got McIlroy to reveal the reason why his hat is missing.

“My head is so small that I have to get Nike to make me custom hats, so whenever I’m in a team event and the hats aren’t custom, they’re all too big.”

McIlroy is a 19-time Tour winner. This Olympics, the Northern Ireland native played for Ireland instead of Great Britain. Some fans were quite surprised at the news.

McIlroy had a challenging competition, he tied for fourth place. He said, “I never tried so hard in my life to finish third.”

The bogey on 15 posed quite a challenge for him. Coming to the final few holes, it was about attempting to try for a medal. He ended up closing with a 67.

Rory’s Controversial 2020 Olympics Comment

McIlroy faced backlash after speaking negatively about going to the Olympics, something athletes only dream of. During The Open, he spoke to Golf.com about the then-upcoming games.

“I don’t know if there’s much to look forward to,” McIlroy told the outlet. “I’m looking forward to getting another week of golf in and trying to get my game in shape.”

He added that he’s “not a very patriotic guy. I’m doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do.”

This followed McIlroy famously skipping the 2016 Olympics. In 2017, he stated that he most likely wouldn’t attend the 2020 games.

He somewhat clarified his statement, saying that he thinks golf being included in the Olympics is “fantastic.” Adding, “But for me, it’s just something I don’t want to get into. That’s a personal choice and hopefully people respect that decision.”

McIlroy has seemed to change his tune about the games. He was photographed smiling on numerous occasions in the Olympic Village.

“I’m thinking about that. I need to give things a chance,” he admitted. “I was speaking to my wife last night and saying maybe I shouldn’t be so skeptical. But I think I need to do a better job of just giving things a chance, experiencing things, not writing them off at first glance.”