Jordan Spieth just officially withdrew from the Olympic competition.
— GOLF.com (@golf_com) July 11, 2016
It comes as no surprise since he waited so long.
Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson also announced their decisions.
“This was not an easy decision for me,” Johnson said in a statement released by his management company. “But my concerns about the Zika virus cannot be ignored.”
Johnson said he and his fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, plan to have more children. They have an 18-month-old son, Tatum.
“I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself, her or our family at risk,” Johnson said. “I believe I am making the right decision for me and most importantly, my family. While I am sure some will be critical of my decision, my hope is that most will understand and support it.”
That makes 6 of the top-10 world-ranked golfers not vying for Olympic gold.
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) July 10, 2016
Patrick Reed officially accepted the slot vacated by Johnson to join Fowler and Bubba Watson.
“I got the email and phone call from Team USA last night and I went through a lot of things with them, and we’re all in,” Reed said after finishing his final round at Castle Stuart. “We can’t wait to go and play for USA and have some fun.”
Yes, it’s a risk, but I feel it’s a risk that we are all willing to take,” Reed said. “Just thinking about having a gold medal means a lot. I think the biggest thing is I get to represent my country again. Get to wear red, white and blue. Any time I get to wear those colors, it’s a huge day.
Matt Kuchar will take his Spieth’s place.