Golf’s top four offer mealy-mouthed apologies for skipping the Olympics

We can all agree that the Olympics was a success. There is no question that the format was BS, I mean strokeplay was unimaginative and predictable, but other than that our sport looked good in Rio.

I was a vociferous opponent of the guys who decided to withdraw. Many of you jumped to their defence citing the Zika Virus and other safety concerns and as the experience Ryan Lochte proved, these concerns were warr…oh wait. The Zika virus was a none-issue, in fact there is more risk of contraction if you go to Miami ffs.

As one follower points out:

The best thing about the golf was Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar all winning medals. They are three of the best men in our sport who ignored the noise and made the trip to Brazil. They didn’t hide behind excuses, they didn’t pretend a trip down the Atlantic would hurt their FedExCup chances – I mean a) these guys travel around the world all the time and b) there is basically no “schedule conflict.”

Welcome home @teamgb Love the GOLD ?? @british_airways ?

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The top four have seen their reputations take a hit. Karma’s a bitch.

Jason Day

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“I think after seeing how everything kind of unfolded in Rio with how the golf was played, I think it was well received amongst the world, actually.” “I’m looking forward to Tokyo. If I can play my way on to that team, that would be great. It’s four years away obviously. There’s a lot of golf to be played from now until then. If I can play my way on to that team, that would be fantastic and look forward to representing Australia in Tokyo if I can.”


Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

All summer long @paulinagretzky

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“I wanted to go play (in the Olympics). I wanted to go represent my country. I would have really liked to play in the Olympics, but unfortunately where it was and all the other things that went along with it was my reason for not going. To me the risk wasn’t worth it.”

“But I would have really liked to have gone. I think it would be a neat experience and a lot of fun, and especially winning a Gold Medal would be even more fun. I’m looking in order to hopefully making the team and playing in Tokyo.”

Don’t get me wrong I like DJ, he’s as honest as the day is long, but he really is thick as pig shit. Posting this picture to Instagram moments before his teammates went to Rio was just daft, especially when one of them was replacing him.

Austin (DJ’s brother) was once asked if a British journalist could pick his brains, “that won’t take you very long sir,” he replied. It’s hard not to like those boys.

Jordan Spieth


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Source: Harry How / Getty Images


“It came off I thought tremendous for the game. I enjoyed watching the finish to the Olympics and I wished I was there.”

“At the time I made the decision, it was the right decision for me. And I told you guys in that press conference, it was the hardest thing I’ve had to do. The potential for regret was going to be there and it certainly was while I was watching, so that’s why I Tweeted out, ‘I’m looking forward to setting it as a goal to be there in 2020.'”


Jordan’s tweet got torn a new arsehole by American supporters. They weren’t buying his change of attitude and many – admittedly the parent basement squatters – accused him of chasing money.

Rory McIlroy

Rory and Justin

“It was good to see, it really was,” stated the four-time major winner. “It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of the cheaper tickets, as well, and I think that encouraged a lot of people to go.

“I thought it was going to, yeah, just sort of blend in with everything else and be, not forgotten about, but just one of a lot of sports that are there obviously. But to see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong.”


Rory’s attitude was honest all along. His provocative put-down of the Olympics at the Open Championship was completely unnecessary and hurt his reputation. It was good for him to admit he was wrong.

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