Golf - Spieth latest golf star to pull out of Olympics

US golfer Jordan Spieth practises at Troon ahead of the British Open, on July 11, 2016 (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall) (AFP)
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- World number three Jordan Spieth became the latest leading golfer to decide not to play at the Olympics, the International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson announced. The 22-year-old American's withdrawal means golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year hiatus will not include the top four in the world — Australia's Jason Day, this year's US Open champion Dustin Johnson, Spieth, and Rory McIlroy. Spieth, who dominated the sport last year winning the Masters and the US Open whilst finishing fourth in The Open and second in the PGA, cited like many of his rivals fears over the mosquito-borne Zika virus which has been linked to birth defects. Spieth’s place in the USA Team will be taken by Matt Kuchar.


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