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Pace becomes first women’s golfer to opt out of Rio (Reuters)

Apr 1, 2016; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Lee-Ann Pace tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the ANA Inspiration tournament at Mission Hills CC - Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – South African Lee-Anne Pace, citing Zika concerns, became the first women’s golfer to withdraw from the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday, joining a growing exodus on the men’s side that includes the world’s top-ranked player. Pace, a nine-times winner on the Ladies European Tour who is ranked 38th in the world, said she was eager to represent South Africa at the Aug 5-21 Olympics but felt Zika was too big a risk to take. “After weighing up all the options and discussing it with my family and team, I have decided that due to the health concerns surrounding the Zika virus, I will not be participating,” Pace, 35, said in a statement.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 7:18 pm

Olympics-Pace becomes first women’s golfer to opt out of Rio (Reuters)

South African Lee-Anne Pace, citing Zika concerns, became the first women’s golfer to withdraw from the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday, joining a growing exodus on the men’s side that includes the world’s top-ranked player. Pace, a nine-times winner on the Ladies European Tour who is ranked 38th in the world, said she was eager to represent South Africa at the Aug 5-21 Olympics but felt Zika was too big a risk to take. “After weighing up all the options and discussing it with my family and team, I have decided that due to the health concerns surrounding the Zika virus, I will not be participating,” Pace, 35, said in a statement.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 7:14 pm

Lee-Anne Pace withdraws from Rio Games because of Zika (The Associated Press)

Lee-Anne Pace watches her hit shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, Friday, April 1, 2016, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa has withdrawn her name from consideration for her nation’s Olympic team out of concern about the Zika virus. Pace, ranked No. 38th in the world, is the first player on the LPGA tour to cite Zika for sitting out of the Rio Games. Several men, including Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, have decided against the trip to Brazil.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 7:05 pm

McIlroy has no regrets about pulling out of Rio Games (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 file photo, Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the rain delayed second round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club, in Oakmont, Pa. McIlroy says he will not be competing in the golf tournament at the Rio de Janiero Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus, it was reported Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Rory McIlroy has no regrets about deciding not to go to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus, saying he and other golfers do not consider Olympic golf to be the ”pinnacle” of their sport compared to playing in majors. Last week, McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio Games. ”I’ve said to people I have four Olympic Games (major championships) a year,” McIlroy said ahead of the French Open golf tournament near Paris.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 4:41 pm

Iconic West Virginia resort turns shelter for flood refugees (The Associated Press)

It could be a month or two until an iconic West Virginia resort reopens after deadly, damaging floods, but its maimed championship golf course may not be ready for play much before the PGA Tour rolls through next July, resort owner Jim Justice said. The floods that swept through West Virginia last week and killed at least 23 people statewide carved a path of destruction unseen in generations at the historic Greenbrier. When the worst of it was over, Greenbrier employees came upon two bodies on the resort grounds and are draining a lake on the 16th fairway to search for more.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 1:45 pm

Golfer Spieth unsure about taking part in Rio (Reuters)

Jun 18, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals. The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after number one Jason Day withdrew on Tuesday, citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas. “Right now, I’m uncertain,” Spieth told reporters ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 11:35 am

Hend happy to handle Australia’s hopes in Rio golf (Reuters)

Britain Golf - BMW PGA Championship - Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England - 28/5/16
Australia's Scott Hend in action during the third round 
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Boyers
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Scott Hend might not be the best known Australian golfer but the peripatetic world number 75 says he is happy to handle the burden of his country’s hopes at the Rio Olympics after a rash of high profile withdrawals. World number one Jason Day pulled out of the Games on Tuesday citing concerns over the Zika virus, following world number eight Adam Scott and 39th ranked Marc Leishman in withdrawing his name from contention. Big-hitting Hend is therefore in pole position to land one of Australia’s two spots at the Rio de Janeiro Games, when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 8:24 am


Sky Sports – Great Britain

Rory defends Rio withdrawals

Rory McIlroy has defended players’ decisions to pull out of contention for the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming golf will still get top players competing in future Games.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 12:40 pm

WATCH: Season Pass

This week’s Season Pass comes to you from the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof and shows some of the most unlikely shots in golf, including one spectator getting more than he bargained for.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 11:30 am

Spieth yet to commit to Rio

Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth admits he is uncertain about his participation in this summer’s Olympics.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 10:37 am

WATCH: Shots of the week

Watch the best shots from the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Cologne, including a battle between Sergio Garcia and Ritchie Ramsay to win a brand new BMW.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 10:03 am

Rory and Day the men to beat

Ben Coley looks at the players set to impress at the Open de France and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week…

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 9:20 am

Monty qualifies for The Open

Colin Montgomerie will play at next month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon after surviving a tense afternoon of qualifying at Gailes Links in Scotland.

Posted on 28 June 2016 @ 7:44 pm

Harrington: Give golf time

Padraig Harrington believes golf must be given time before being written off as an Olympic sport, but understands why some golfers have decided to pull out of the Rio Games.

Posted on 28 June 2016 @ 2:50 pm

Golfblogger – Great Britain

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Indian Express – India

Despite scandal, Tiger Woods cracks $1.3 bn in career earnings, tops Golf Digest 50 list

Woods is yet to reach pre-scandal endorsement totals but has bounced back from a 2011 low of $62 mn.

Posted on 8 January 2014 @ 7:21 am

Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki in match-play, get engaged

McIlroy is claiming his first win of the new year his engagement to tennis star Wozniacki.

Posted on 1 January 2014 @ 9:00 pm

Gaganjeet Bhullar completes the formalities, wins in Indonesia

Bhullar sank all his three birdies on Sunday on the back-nine 11th, 13th and 14th.

Posted on 1 December 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Rory McIlroy birdies 72nd hole to capture Australian Open

McIlroy nervelessly sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the 18th to finish on 18-under-par.

Posted on 1 December 2013 @ 9:24 am

I still have 7-8 years of golf left in me: Jeev Milkha Singh

Jeev Milkha Singh is on a two-week long break from the sport in his hometown Chandigarh.

Posted on 6 October 2013 @ 6:31 pm

Tiger Woods named PGA Tour player of the Year

Tiger Woods was named on Friday as the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year for a record 11th time.

Posted on 27 September 2013 @ 4:15 pm

Double delight! Henrik Stenson wins Tour Championship and FedExCup

Henrik Stenson held his nerve to fend off a last-day charge by Jordan Spieth.

Posted on 23 September 2013 @ 9:39 am

Golf Week – United States

Rory McIlroy: Ryder Cup hopefuls ‘might regret’ decision to skip French Open

European Ryder Cup hopefuls opting to play the WGC-Bridgestone instead of the French Open may regret their decision, says Rory McIlroy.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 7:47 pm

Olympic golf missed the boat on amateurs

Amateurs should have made up the Olympics golf field in Brazil this summer, rather than professionals.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 7:31 pm

Shane Lowry, on his Oakmont letdown: ‘If I don’t learn from that, it’s my own mistake’

Shane Lowry looks to defend his title at WGC-Bridgestone in first event since his runner-up finish at Oakmont at the U.S. Open.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:53 pm

Well done, ‘Beef’: Andrew Johnston savors his first taste of America

Andrew “Beef” Johnston is quite pleased to be making his World Golf Championship debut at the Bridgestone Invitational this week.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:06 pm

Lee-Anne Pace becomes first female golfer to drop out of Olympics

Lee-Anne Pace has withdrawn from the 2016 Olympic Games due to the threat of the Zika virus.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:04 pm

Fantasy Forecast: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, tailored tips for multiple formats

PGA Tour fantasy golf preview for the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, including tips on DraftKings, one-and-done and more.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Hopeful Olympian Victoria Lovelady rates Zika fears as overblown

Victoria Lovelady, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to qualify for Brazil’s Olympic team, rates her level of concern over the Zika threat at about 3 percent.

Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 4:26 pm


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