Spieth the latest withdraw from Rio Olympics

Jordan Spieth will not compete in the Olympic golf tournament, International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson has announced. His withdrawal means the world’s top four golfers will not compete in Brazil, with Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy having previously withdrawn.

The 22-year-old cited “concerns about health problems” as his reason for deciding against travelling to Rio de Janeiro in a phone call to IGF officials.Spieth – who won The Masters and US Open last year – confirmed the news as he prepares for The Open, which takes place at Royal Troon this week.

Irish duo Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell have also ruled out appearing at this summer’s games. Other notably absentees include Australians Marc Leishman and Adam Scott, South African trio Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel and Fiji’s Vijay Singh. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has also said he will not compete in the Rio games.


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