28 Jun '16, 5pm

Re: Golfers withdrawing from Olympics: Blame it on Rio. All of it:

AKRON, Ohio -- If there were any doubts that the Olympic destination of Rio de Janeiro was driving the mass exodus of golfers from the Games in August, Jason Day and Shane Lowry removed them Tuesday with their withdrawals. Both said they are still fully committed to attending the World Cup in December in Australia. Yes to the World Cup, and no to Olympic gold. Blame it on Rio. All of it. Both men, in their 20s and intending to have children in the near future, cited the Zika virus in their decisions. “It’s just unfortunate,” Day said Tuesday at Firestone Country Club, where he is gearing up for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, “because I think when they got their nomination, which was years ago, they weren’t really facing -- I mean, they were facing certain issues like this, but I don’t think it was in the media’s eyes, in the athletes’ eyes at the time. And then, now, it...

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