TROON, Scotland (CBSNewYork) — Jordan Spieth is out of the Olympics.
International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson announced the decision at the British Open on Monday.READ MORE: MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
The American golfer had been strongly debating whether to go to Rio de Janeiro over the last three days before reaching his decision on Monday. Two weeks ago, he publicly voiced concerns about security and Zika virus.READ MORE: New Jersey Native Jovan Collazo Accused Of Hijacking School Bus At Gunpoint, Holding Elementary School Students Hostage In South Carolina
Golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence now will not include the top four players in the world — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Spieth and Rory McIlroy. More than 15 players have decided not to play because of concerns that include Zika, political unrest in Brazil and scheduling.
Spieth will be replaced on the U.S. team by Matt Kuchar. The team also includes Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Statue Of Polish Hero Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Is Vandalized
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