Olympic golf? I won't even watch on TV, says Rory McIlroy

SEN Golf correspondent Mark Allen has weighed into the debate about high-profile key golfers bypassing the Rio Olympics, accusing the Olympic movement of cheapening the games by including the sport. "I'm excited about it, treating it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", said 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose.

Spieth, 22, made a point to say the Zika virus wasn't the only health concern that moved him to opt out, instead emphasizing overall health concerns. But as part of the whole experience, I want to take in the games as a whole. I'm sure at times I'll be pretty upset that I'm not down there.

MOSCOW: Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete cleared to compete in this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, says she does not feel a traitor.

Those who have championed golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 believes it will provide a great platform upon which the sport can grow.

Sixteen males and one female have withdrawn from Olympic golf, with most citing Zika as their biggest concern.

In a double-pronged critique McIlroy also said golf had to change its drug testing policy in order to be accepted at a multi-sport event like the Olympics.

Saying he was "very happy" with his decision, the Northern Irishman went further in giving Olympic golf a little kick while it's down. Just make sure you're comfortable with the clubs you're hitting off the tees.

"I think it's likely that, at the end of his career, he'll regret that moment more than any other moment in the history of his career", Chamblee said.

McIlroy suggested he could "get away with it" as the standards were not in line with many other sports.

"So let us wait then for this evaluation and then of course we will also speak with the International Golf Federation once this is available", Bach said.

Chamblee, a former PGA Tour player, said that golf "suffers from being too expensive, too exclusionary, too slow and too hard to understand the rules". "I got into golf to win championships and win major championships".

Massaro claims golf's place at future Olympic Games should be reassessed if the game's leading players fails to appreciate the value of the sport.

"I'll probably watch the Olympics, probably the events like track and field, swimming, diving - the stuff that matters". I didn't get into golf to try and grow the game.

"I don't really know of any drug that can give you an advantage all the way across the board". They're as passionate about the Olympics as I am.

"And obviously I've had my family now, I'm not going to be having any more children, so I'm really not concerned about it".

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