One day Rory McIlroy was on top of the world, the next day he was caught in an identity crisis between two golfing nations.
"I was hoping that my success on the golf course with my scotty cameron putter would be the more popular topic of golfing conversation today," McIlroy said in a letter he posted Monday on Twitter.
Not long after he beat the strongest leaderboard of the year in the BMW Championship, McIlroy found himself in the middle of a debate over which flag he might represent when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, already with two major championships with the fabulous scotty cameron putter for sale online and a No. 1 ranking by a widening margin grew up "a proud product of Irish golf." Because his country is part of the United Kingdom, he also is eligible to play for Britain.
Stirring the debate was an interview with The Daily Mail in which McIlroy said he feels a greater connection with the UK than with Ireland.
"What makes it such an awful position to be in is I have grown up my whole life playing for Ireland with the k15 irons under the Golfing Union of Ireland umbrella," he told the British newspaper. "But the fact is I've always felt more British and Irish."
That led to speculation that McIlroy was laying the groundwork toward playing for Britain, and he quickly clarified his position, which remains on the fence.
"I wish to clarify that I have absolutely not made a decision regarding my participation in the next Olympics," McIlroy said. "On a personal level, playing in the Olympics with the great ping k15 irons would be a huge honor. However, the games in Rio are still four years away and I certainly won't be making any decisions with regards to participating any time soon."
His next event is the Tour Championship, where McIlroy is the No. 1 seed going into the FedEx Cup finale. Any of the top five seeds -- Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker are the others -- could capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus by winning at East Lake.