Tuesday 23 January 2018

Olympic golf gets hit with another blow as Jordan Spieth opts against competing in Rio

AKRON, OH - JULY 03: Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the fifth green during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on July 3, 2016 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
AKRON, OH - JULY 03: Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the fifth green during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on July 3, 2016 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Jordan Spieth will not compete in the Olympic golf tournament, International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson has announced.

The two-time Major winner's withdrawal means that the top four ranked players and six of the top ten won't be playing in Rio this summer.

Some golfers have cited the Zika virus for pulling out while others have merely said they don't want to add the Olympic tournament to their already busy schedule.

Irish golf has been hit particularly hard by withdrawals, with Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry all announcing that they won't be making themselves available for the summer games.

Padraig Harrington is expected to represent Ireland next month in Rio.

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