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Jordan Spieth started hedging a few weeks ago at the U.S. Open about whether he was going to play in the Olympics. On Monday, it was revealed that he has withdrawn his name and will not be on the U.S. team. He cited "health issues" which equates to the Zika virus.

With Rickie Fowler's commitment on Sunday, that leaves the U.S. with Fowler, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar. Reed took Dustin Johnson's slot when Johnson pulled out on Friday and Kuchar will take Spieth's spot. If any other U.S. players pull out, the U.S. will simply be left with just three players for Rio.

 

The Spieth announcement was made by International Golf Federation President Peter Dawson as he posted the final teams (see below). Spieth has not yet spoken on the subject yet although he will be peppered with questions later this week at the British Open at Royal Troon.

 

The top four players in the world (Day, Johnson, Spieth and McIlroy) will not be in Rio which is probably a dagger in any future hope anyone had at keeping this sport around. 

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