Which golfers are skipping the 2016 Olympic golf tournament and why

Which golfers are skipping the 2016 Olympic golf tournament and why

The number of golfers skipping the 2016 Olympic golf tournaments -- separate 60-player events for men and women -- is growing by the day.

So far, 17 golfers -- 16 men and one woman -- have announced they're not going to make the trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for myriad reasons. We've compiled a list of the players who are skipping Olympic golf and why.


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Players who are skipping the 2016 Olympic golf tournament

  1. Tim Wilkinson - January (privately), May 10 (made public), citing scheduling
  2. Vijay Singh - April 12, citing scheduling concerns
  3. Miguel Angel Jimenez - Ultimately would not have qualified for the Spanish golf team
  4. Adam Scott - April 20, citing disinterest in Olympics, format; scheduling concerns
  5. Louis Oosthuizen - April 21, citing "family and scheduling issues"
  6. Charl Schwartzel - April 25, citing Zika fears
  7. Marc Leishman - May 5, citing Zika fears
  8. Rory McIlroy - June 23, citing fears over Zika
  9. Graeme McDowell - June 24, citing wife's pregnancy, due in September
  10. Branden Grace - June 24, citing Zika virus fears
  11. Jason Day - June 28, citing fears over Zika
  12. Shane Lowry - June 28, citing fears over Zika
  13. Lee-Anne Pace - June 29, citing Zika fears
  14. Hideki Matsuyama - July 3, citing Zika fears
  15. Brendon de Jonge - July 5, citing a desire to play PGA Tour events during the Olympics to save his status
  16. Dustin Johnson - July 8, citing Zika fears
  17. Jordan Spieth - July 11, announced by the International Golf Federation
  18. Victor Dubuisson - July 11, announced by the International Golf Federation
  19. K.T. Kim - July 11, announced by the International Golf Federation
  20. Hideto Tanihara - July 11, announced by the International Golf Federation
  21. Angelo Que - July 11, announced by the International Golf Federation
  22. Matt Jones - July 11, announced by the International Golf Federation
  23. Francesco Molinari - July 12, citing "family reasons"

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