Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

String of Top Golfers Pull out from Rio over Zika

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

String of Top Golfers Pull out from Rio over Zika

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Jason Day, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, became the latest player to pull out of the Olympics because of concern over the Zika virus.

"The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family," he said in a statement.

With Day out, the top three golfers from Australia (Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman) have decided not to go to the Olympics. And the top three golfers from South Africa are not going - Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Shane Lowry also pulled out of the Olympics Tuesday, citing Zika, meaning the top three golfers who could represent Ireland are also out: Lowry; Rory McIlroy, ranked No. …

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