Planet Golf — 13 April 2016 by GW staff and news services
Zika prompts Vijay to skip Olympics

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – There has been plenty of speculation that not every player who qualifies for this year’s Olympics will play, and now the event has officially lost a player.

Vijay Singh informed Olympic officials in Fiji that he will not participate in the event, which will be played in Brazil from Aug. 11-14.

“The timing of it, you know I have to focus over here [on the PGA Tour]. I would like to play the Olympics, but the Zika virus, you know and all that crap,” Singh told GolfChannel.com on Tuesday at the RBC Heritage.

Singh is currently qualified for the 60-player field and he’s not the only player who has decided to skip the Games.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is listed as the first alternate for Spain, has also withdrawn his name from the Olympic pool.

Singh had previously said that he was looking forward to representing Fiji in the Games, but he said that he wants to focus on his game and a busy PGA Tour summer schedule.

“It wasn’t that difficult [a decision],” Singh said. “I feel bad, I wanted to play and finally decided against it. It’s in the middle of the Tour over here and I’m trying to figure out my game.”

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