Dallas Athlete Pulls Out Of Rio Olympics

Jordan Spieth is the latest athlete not going to Rio.

Spieth is the #3 golfer in the world and Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation, announced Monday that Spieth will not play for the U.S. in the Summer Olympics in August.

Spieth joins No. 1 Jason Day, No. 2 Dustin Johnson and No. 4 Rory McIlroy as players that will not play at the Rio Games.

Team U.S.A. will now be represented by No. 5 Bubba Watson, No. 7 Rickie Fowler, No. 13 Patrick Reed and No. 15 Matt Kuchar.

More than 15 U.S. players have announced they will not play due to security, political unrest and the Zika virus.

“It’s certainly disappointing that we’ve had so many withdrawals on the men’s side, and wonderful that all of the women have been very supportive,” Dawson said. “I think I should say now that I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to discuss individual cases, especially as they’re generally decisions have been taken on health grounds. Speaking collectively though, there is no doubt that the number of withdrawals hasn’t shed golf in the best light. Hasn’t shown golf in the best light, and we have to accept that. But we do understand why these individual decisions have been taken. Personally, I think there’s been something of an overreaction to the Zika situation, but that’s for individuals to determine, and there’s certainly a great deal of concern about this issue inside the game of golf, no doubt about that,” said Dawson.

Spieth was on the golf course at Royal Troon when the announcement was made.

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