Rory McIlroy admits he was “somewhat proven wrong” in his belief that golf would not be a success at Rio 2016.
McIlroy, 27, was among several high-profile withdrawals from the tournament over concerns about the Zika virus.
He had also criticised golf’s place at the Olympics, saying he would not even watch the tournament on TV.
But following the event’s success, he said: “There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see.”
The Zika virus, which has been linked to brain defects in newborn babies, led to McIlroy – and others – pulling out but he went on to say players did not see the Olympics as the “pinnacle”, and that he would only watch the “stuff that matters” – such as the athletics and swimming – when following the Olympics on television.
Justin Rose became golf’s first men’s Olympic champion since 1904 by seeing off Henrik Stenson in a thrilling final round