London - Rory McIlroy says he is monitoring
the situation involving the Zika virus ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
McIlroy is scheduled to play for Ireland as
golf makes its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.
The four-time major winner says he is
looking forward to playing in Rio but has concerns about the mosquito-borne
virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects.
McIlroy tells the BBC he has been reading
"a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out
saying that it might be worse than they're saying and I have to monitor that
McIlroy says he and his fiancée, Erica
Stoll, may consider starting a family "in the next couple of years."