The world No 1 Rory McIlroy may reject the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to avoid any controversy over which country to represent.
McIlroy, 23, who has won two majors, said he was mulling over whether to play for Britain or Ireland and said he might opt out of playing altogether.
"Being from where we're from, we're in a very difficult position. I feel Northern Irish and, obviously being from Northern Ireland, you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK," he said. "Play for one side or the other – or not play at all because I may upset too many people."