"I don't know if golf has its place in the Olympics", said Zach Johnson, the reigning British Open champion who didn't qualify for one of the four US spots in Rio.
American two-time major victor Jordan Spieth became the latest star to withdraw on Monday - meaning the top four in the world would not be in Rio - as the final list of 60 was unveiled by Dawson at Royal Troon, hosts to this week's British Open. In the post-truth world of politics that we have been cast into and the vanilla PR soundbites churned out by most footballers, let it never be said that McIlroy doesn't speak what's on his mind. "I haven't heard that", he said.
More than 20 male players have now opted out of competing in Rio, with Spieth's fellow members of the world's top four - Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy - all citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus which has been linked to defects in newborn babies and Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome which causes temporary paralysis in adults.
But McIlroy commented: "Honestly, I don't think it was as hard a decision for me as it was for him". The 27-year-old found the irony with it, mentioning it at the dinner last night.
"Everybody's entitled to their own opinion", Spieth said. I feel like my game has been quite consistent apart from 2013, where I didn't play that well and it's probably the only time in the last six years I've dropped outside the top 10 in the world.
Golf and rugby were approved by the International Olympic Committee in 2013 for inclusion in the Rio Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The news conference has a Ryder Cup feel to it, and while there are still two major championships to be played before the Games, it's patently clear that Rose simply can not wait to get to Rio.
"I will probably watch the events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters". "So I will be going back there, I just don't think it's appropriate this year". He said he did not expect all people to understand why he had done it.
Rio will mark the return of golf to the Olympic fold for the first time since 1904.
The Northern Irishman has also said he does not feel a responsibility to help grow golf's worldwide profile, which was one of the prime motivating factors in the sport's push for Olympic inclusion.
I have no idea what's going to happen at Royal Troon this week. "I thought about all this ahead of time". But I'm very happy with the decision that I've made and I have no regrets about it.
"It moves the ball more than any other place", Snedeker said.
"You've got more chance of getting malaria in South Africa than you have in getting Zika when you go to Rio", Willett said. I got into golf to win. They don't know what I know about myself and my future and my goals. He also says it will be "very difficult" to watch the opening ceremony on television and see other golfers competing for a gold medal. These include golfers, tennis players, footballers and basketballers.
McIlroy, though, seems determined to make up for missing last year's Open following his football kickabout injury and is the best bet of the big four to triumph on Sunday.