Golf's return to the Olympic Games has not exactly caught the imagination of some of the more high-profile names in the game.

Already, the likes of Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Schwartzel and Vijay Singh have decided that taking a week out of their schedule to play in Rio this August is not for them. 

RTÉ Sport's Greg Allen recently wrote about golf's identity crisis when it comes to the Games, and with numbers falling, he feels that the top players should embrace the sport's return in Rio. He wrote: "Now golf is bleeding numbers and at some stage that will likely feed into all levels of the game. The Olympics offers a chance for the great players to do something unselfish and at the very least, they should try it once, then make a judgement."

Rory McIlroy is committed to representing Ireland at the Games, but feels that he may only have two chances to win an Olympic medal.

Speaking ahead of his defence of the Wells Fargo Championship, he said: "Because of how it’s being approached in golf circles, it’s being played in Rio this year and Tokyo in 2020, I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after that, depending on what happens.

“It’s an opportunity to do something you’ve never done before"

"If we don’t somehow change the narrative of getting people more excited about it...I’m worried."

Therefore, McIlroy is determined to give it a right go this summer, while also not letting team captain Paul McGinley down.

"Paul McGinley is the Irish team captain and he is so into it. He’s more into it than I am quite honestly, but because he is, I would feel like I am not only letting him down, I’d let the country down as well. Paul is a very close friend of mine and if I didn’t play I’d let him down big time.

“That’s why I want to go and give it my best shot. I’m going to get all my shots next week from the doctor on site at the Players (Championship), get my shots for Zika and everything else I need and go play four rounds really competitively and try to win a gold medal.”

Placing a value on winning a gold medal this summer, the County Down native added: "I don’t know how that will stack up against the other things I’ve done in my career now, but maybe I might look back in 20 years’ time and a gold medal might be one of my crowning achievements in the game. You never know. 

“It’s an opportunity to do something you’ve never done before. I get that a lot of players aren’t playing because of family matters and other things, but while I don’t have those issues of a family it’s a good opportunity. If nothing else it will be a great experience.”