Rory McIlroy says he is looking forward to the novelty of taking part at this year's Olympic Games although he anticipates that the experience will not be dissimilar to a regular tournament in light of the expected Covid-19 restrictions surrounding the event in Japan.

The world number seven, who did not take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio when the sport returned to the Olympic schedule for the first time since 1904, has set his sights on competing at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games for Ireland.

"It's certainly not going to be the authentic Olympic experience that you would normally get, but it's the times that we're living in, I guess. Sort of no different than when you go over and play a tournament in Asia anyway. You see the golf course and the hotel and that's sort of it," he said ahead of his involvement at the US PGA Championship.

"It's not going to be that much different to what we play when we go over and play the HSBC or ZOZO or CJ Cup or whatever."

He added: "It's not ideal, but it's still a good opportunity to do something that I've never done before, and I'm at least looking forward to - this is my 13th PGA Championship. I've been around now for a long time, so it's sort of rare to be able to do something for the first time again. I'm sort of looking forward to that."