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Rory McIlroy slams the Olympic golf event, says it's not one of the sports 'that matter'

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McIlroy lukewarm on golf's Olympic return

Rory McIlroy is one of several top golfers in the world who is skipping the 2016 Olympics.

McIlroy, like fellow golfers Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Spieth, cited the Zika virus as his reason for skipping the games in Rio.

SEE MORE: Everything you need to know about the Rio Olympics in one place

On Tuesday, while preparing for the British Open, McIlroy ripped into the games and the criticism that comes with skipping them.

McIlroy downplayed golf's significance in the Olympics and his personal need to represent the sport.

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It's another brutal hit for the Olympic golf event, which is returning to the games for the first time since 1904.

Late in June, Adam Scott also ripped the events, saying the depleted field doesn't "pique" his interest.

"I think they should change the format, for sure," Scott said. "Just having another 72-hole golf tournament with a weaker-than-most field doesn't really pique my interest."

With what is looking like a not-so-star-studded turn-out, golf's return to the Olympics appears to be falling flat.

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HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up on the 5th green during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 6th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gets a ruling on the 7th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy retrieves his ball from the cup on the 3rd green during his third round, on day three of the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 19, 2014. Rory McIlroy was struggling to hold on to his lead in a rain-hit third round of the British Open on Saturday. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland began the day with a four-stroke lead over nearest challenger Dustin Johnson of the United States, but after just one hole that was cut in half. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy (2nd R) of Northern Ireland and Dustin Johnson (R) of the United States talk as they walk off the first tee during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks accross the tee on the first hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Jordan Spieth of the United States walks with an umbrella during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Crowds shelter under umbrellas in the grandstand in bad weather conditions during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Dustin Johnson of the United States lines up during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts on the 7th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up on the 16th green during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Justin Rose of England chats with caddie Mark Fulcher during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Groundstaff at work during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rickie Fowler of the United States tees off on the 4th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Jimmy Walker of the United States looks on during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States removes his jacket on the 18th green during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 5th hole with caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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