Golf will make its return to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years at this yearâ€™s games in Rio de Janeiro, but a number of the worldâ€™s top players, including U.S. superstar Jordan Spieth and the worldâ€™s number one ranked golfer Jason Day, have dropped out over Zika virus fears.
Golf legend Gary Player sounded off during an interview with the FOX Business Networkâ€™s Stuart Varney and said it could the end of golf in the Olympics.
â€œ[With] my 18 Majors and 165 tournaments â€“ [If I could have] had an Olympic Gold Medal amongst them, it would have been the joy of my life. I would have given anything. I would have taken a rowing boat and rowed over to play in the Olympics. And this excuse about Zika is feeble. You have Zika in America in some states right now. Youâ€™ve got more of a chance of being killed by a gun or a motorcar in America than getting Zika,â€ he said.
Player, who is also the captain of South Africaâ€™s first Olympic golf team, said he wouldnâ€™t blame the Olympic Committee for kicking golf out of future games as a result of so many notable players refusing to attend.
â€œWe all worked hard to get golf in the Olympics. I think professional golf should be kicked out of the Olympicsâ€¦They should replace us with amateurs who would hold it at high esteem to represent this country with great joy,â€ he said.