Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar were asked some questions about their experiences in Rio De Janiero.
“I’m probably asked the most about Jordan [Spieth] and Rory [McIlroy] and I told them I tried to get Jordan down here as much as possible,” Fowler said, in an interview with Sky Sports.
“I told them we all respect the decisions that were made, whether it was anything around schedule, health concerns or worried about security and that’s possibly one thing that I’ve relayed back since we’ve been down here. “I haven’t had a problem and I definitely feel safe here, whether I’m in the village venues, getting transported back and forth…. I’ve seen a couple of mosquitos, but nothing crazy.”
This confirms in my mind that Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will regret their decision to withdraw from the games. Here are five reasons why. The same can’t be said for Rory McIlroy, his moderately controversial decision to represent Ireland instead of the UK (please get your head around the fact he’s a British citizen), was a political hot potato he’d happily pass along.
This news from Rickie was to be expected. It’s now winter in Rio and the threat of Zika has diminished. This is music to the ears of organisers who have struggled to convince golfers otherwise. Everything is lining up for a golf competition that doesn’t disappoint because let’s face it, expectations are low.
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Matt Kuchar echoes this sentiment. “I think the event is going to go off great,” he said. “[There are] certainly going to be guys regretting it, thanks a lot to Rickie’s help.”
“I had fingers crossed secretly hoping players would pull out. I always had a hope I could make it and to be here now is quite amazing. I knew there were concerns – I figured, though, that a lot of things get blown out of proportion.
I mean the Kuch even joined Instagram to honour his Olympic debut!
If Kuch can embrace the “culture” at Rio, I think we can embrace the Olympics. Just saying.