Patrick Reed commits to Olympics, joins Fowler, Watson

Jordan Spieth has still not decided if he will take up his place in the USA squad

Jordan Spieth has still not decided if he will take up his place in the USA squad

Seventh-ranked Rickie Fowler confirmed via Twitter Sunday that he'll represent the United States as golf returns to the Olympics in Rio, bucking a trend that has seen numerous top golfers opt out.

Reed moved into position to qualify for Rio when Dustin Johnson withdrew his name from consideration late Friday night.

Reed spent an hour and a half before the final round of the Scottish Open talking to his wife Justine and other people before arriving at his decision.

All that's left to fill out the four-man American team is Jordan Spieth.

Johnson joined the likes of world No 1 Jason Day and four-time major victor Rory McIlroy in pulling out of Rio 2016 citing worries 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.

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As of right now, it look as if the USA team will either be Fowler, Watson, Spieth and Reed or, if Spieth drops out, Fowler, Watson, Reed and Matt Kuchar.

The US golf team now officially consists of Fowler, Reed and two-time Masters victor Bubba Watson. Following the Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee will begin looking into whether it continues making golf a part of the Olympic program.

"I look forward to going over and representing my country".

"I don't think there's doubts as just kind of clarifications". Yes, it's a risk, but I feel it's a risk that we're all willing to take.

Regardless, with Fowler and Watson on board, the US will have a great chance to slip on a gold medal in August.

"It was longer than normal but that was just because of the time change and where I'm at". "Anytime I get to wear those colors, it's a huge day".

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