McIlroy is one of a number of leading players to withdraw from the Rio Games citing health concerns over the Zika virus in Brazil.
"I didn't get into golf to try and grow the game", said the Northern Irishman, a four-time major victor.
"Jason's in front of me pretty well, so just got to keep putting myself in position to win golf tournaments and keep getting it done".
"Probably", he replied, "the events like track and field, swimming, diving - the stuff that matters". "But there have not been many others like that and obviously my Open Championship form is something I have definitely been conscious about".
"I don't know", he said, looking slightly puzzled.
"I don't think it was as hard a decision for me as it was for him", McIlroy said. "I like the big tournaments", Lowry said.
"I'm very passionate and very much a supporter of the Olympics and Olympic golf".
"I told him he had to do what was best for himself", Fowler added after giving a lesson to schoolchildren at Troon as part of the HSBC Hour, which offers an hour of free golf to children and their families at nearly 300 golf clubs across the UK.
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Fowler finished in the top five in all four majors in 2014, finishing second behind McIlroy in the Open at Hoylake, but is a combined 20 over par in majors this season after missing the cut in the Masters and US Open. "It has no difference in whether you're playing here or in the USA you've got to putt it well".
Johnson is a very good putter, but he is better known for his performance at the other end of the scale - hitting gargantuan drives, the kind John Daly in his prime might have envied.
"It's been a slow summer for me due to the injury, just trying to find some form".
"These high-profile events don't just provide entertainment - they represent a multimillion-pound benefit to Scotland, both urban and rural".
"I'm excited to be here, I love playing links golf and it's time to start to playing a little better. I'm going to win more times than not". Open Patron HSBC is also expanding the initiative to offer free golf in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.