Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy explain decision to skip Rio Olympics

Jordan Spieth has branded his decision to opt out of the Olympics in Rio as the "hardest" he's ever had to make in his life.

"I don't think it was as hard a decision for me as it was for him", the Northern Irishman told a news conference ahead of the 145th British Open that starts tomorrow night. I get that I have a responsibility to the game. I didn't get into golf to try and grow the game.

"You can't really pick up HGH (human growth hormone) in a urine test [so] I could use HGH and get away with it".

"I've been tested by the IGF (International Golf Federation) once this year. but it was only a urine test".

The IOC will meet after the Rio Games to evaluate golf and all other sports and events on the program. "I bounced back and forth with [it] and ultimately a decision had to be made yesterday, so I made it".

"But I really think there's enough on Rory's plate trying to win a Major championship this week".

The world's top four players - Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy - are among those to have pulled out of the Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus.

"Professional male golfers are individual contractors responsible for their own economic well being and those golfers who have withdrawn are very wealthy men", said Mosher. I know, as a player, those are my main motivations.

"But for me, it just came down to my family's more important".

He also said he would not watch the Olympic golf on television, choosing to only watch "the stuff that matters".

McIlroy took another jab when he admitted that he probably wouldn't even watch the golf events at the Olympics.

Golf's controversial return to the Games has been marred by withdrawal of 20 players including the top four in the world.

"It will loom over me throughout the Olympic Games, for sure".

But the 27-year-old, who was 10th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on his last start, said: "I'm heading in the right direction".

"I texted Rickie immediately after I decided and said, 'Rick, I'm sorry, buddy, but I'm not going to be joining you down there", added Spieth.

"You've got more chance of getting malaria in South Africa than you have in getting Zika when you go to Rio", Willett said Tuesday. I didn't have two good majors so I'm looking to get the last two and play well here and at the PGA.

"No, I mean, it may be", Spieth said when asked if he was annoyed by Dawson's comments.

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