Rory McIlroy is back as a top contender in the Rio Olympics

Rory McIlroy had expressed concerns over the Zika virus that this could effect his decision to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Worry not fellow McIlroy lovers! His fears have been relieved over the past few days by the doctors he saw while he was taking the necessary precautions and vaccinations to contend.

“I feel like the advice I’ve sought out over the past 10 days has put my mind at ease,” the golfer told British media.

“It makes me more comfortable going down there knowing that, even if I do contract Zika, it’s not the end of the world. It takes six months to pass through your system and you’re fine.”

It’s commendable that this incredible athlete would put his own health at risk so his fans could see him play and so golf’s reputation could be salvaged. Six months is a long time for an athlete to be sick, especially for a golfer when there really is no off season. No one will forget this.

(Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
(Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

We can’t say the same about Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, and fellow major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who have already withdrawn from the competition. Let’s hope Danny Willett and other professionals stay in the game like Rory.

The Olympics will be held August 5-21st!

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