— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 6, 2016
What did you expect from the man who roles into Augusta like this…
It’s good to see some resolute professionals putting the virus into perspective. Yes it’s a concern, but nowhere nearly as bad as it was a few months ago. Athletes from other sports have questioned the sincerity of using the virus as a reason to avoid Brazil.
Perhaps Henrik and Sergio – both without a major championship – are looking to capitalise on the weaker field. One very surprising announcement came from Jaco van Zyl, the South African who is currently ranked No. 65 in the Official Golf World Rankings. He has decided to withdraw from the British Open and the PGA Championship to focus on the Olympics. Unbelievable scenes!
“I expect that there will be a camp that will criticize me for withdrawing from the Majors, but I feel very passionate about golf’s debut at the Olympics. Rory (McIlroy) said in a recent press conference that we play four “Olympics” a year because Major titles are what we play for, but I don’t agree.
“To me, the Olympics is the pinnacle of all sporting events and to have the chance to represent Team South Africa on sports’ biggest stage is an honour I don’t take for granted. I need to go to Brazil with the rest of the South African team knowing that I am in peak mental and physical health and that I can give my best over four rounds.
“The Majors will still be there next year, but I don’t know if I will get another chance in 2020. To be part of the first South African team at the Olympics is a massive honor and I owe it to SASCOC, Gary Player, South Africa, Paula (Reto), Ashleigh (Simon) and the player who will be joining me in the men’s competition to be at my best.”
Golf at the Olympics is a true comedy of errors.