Due to the health concerns, Jordan Spieth decided not to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “It was one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make,” he told.
“This was something I very much struggled with. I literally bounced back and forth with it, and ultimately I have to come up with a decision and so I made it.” Spieth told reporters Tuesday at Royal Troon in Scotland, site of the 145th Open Championship which begins Thursday.
“Zika virus wasn’t the only health issue that impacted his decision to become the 18th player to turn down the trip to Rio, where golf will be played in the Olympics for the first time since 1904,” the 22 year old american said.
Jordan Spieth is known to be the world’s 3rd ranked golfer who joined a list this time along with the top-ranked Jason Day of australia, 2nd-ranked Dustin Johnson and 4th-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, skipping the Rio games.
I will not take part in the John Deere Classic, Spieth noted, which coincides with the Olympics on aug. 11-14. It’ not a ‘right move’ to play at that time.
Jordan Spieth won the ‘Classic’ last year.
Spieth doesn’t regret his decision to stay home, McIlroy said and while he understands that priorities might be different for his peers, he doesn’t feel a responsibility to grow the game by playing golf in the Olympics.
McIlroy also criticized golf’s handling of drug testing all through the sport. He admitted to being tested “4 to 5 times a year,” a total he said was “inadequate” as compared to other sports.
“I believe drug-testing in golf is still lagging behind other sports,” McIlroy said.
“When you go to Rio, you have got more chance of getting malaria in South africa than you have in getting Zika,” Willett said Tuesday.