Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia has announced his intention to represent his country at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer. This goes against the curvy so as to speak with many high profile golfers such as Rory McIlroy,Jason Day and Adam Scott all withdrawing their names from selection for the games.
The world No. 12 announced his decision in a tweet writing “I know there r some dangers but representing Spain, trying to make golf grow & becoming an Olympian r too important so I’ll be at @Olympics.”
This is the first time golf will appear at the Olympics since 1904 but many professional golfers have pulled out with most citing concerns over the Zika virus that is spread by mosquitos. The golfers decisions to pull out of the games have seen widespread criticism from fellow Olympians with many suggesting the golfers don’t value the importance of an Olympic medal. Others suggest an Olympic gold medal wouldn’t rank close to a major title such as winning the British Open.
Overall it is a good sign to see a talented golfer such as Garcia willing to take the risk in order to represent his country.