Big names in Golf that pulled out of Rio Olympics due to Zika Virus

Jason Day joined several marquee players who will not participate when golf returns to the Olympics in August for the first time in 112 years.

Jason Day joined several marquee players who will not participate when golf returns to the Olympics in August for the first time in 112 years.

Fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy announced last week that he will not play for Northern Ireland and No. 8 Adam Scott will not play for Australia. With No. 39 Marc Leishman also withdrawing from consideration, the top two qualifiers for Australia are currently Danny Lee (No. 45) and Scott Hend (75).

Others skipping the Rio Games include South Africans Branden Grace (12), Louis Oosthuizen (18) and Charl Schwartzel, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (76) and Fiji’s Vijay Singh (119).

Shane Lowry of Ireland also pulled out Tuesday.

While three of the top 10 players in the world will not be in Rio, No. 3 Dustin Johnson said he intends to play, as have No. 5 Henrik Stenson and No. 6 Bubba Watson. No. 2 Jordan Spieth and No. 7 Rickie Fowler have not made final decisions.

The field of players for the Olympics will be finalized on July 11.

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