Golfer Rory McIlroy pulls out of Olympic games over Zika virus worries

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PARIS, FRANCE - Another Olympian bites the dust!

Now that golf superstar Rory McIlroy has pulled out of this summer's Olympic games because of Zika fears....the Olympic field has really narrowed.

The 27-year-old former number one player in the world made the announcement in a statement saying, "My health and my family's health comes before anything else." And he added that while the risk from the Zika virus may be low, it's "A risk I am unwilling to take."

McIlroy got engaged last December, so now he is concerned about the risk of serious birth defects that the Zika virus can cause.

The International Golf Federation calls McIlroy's decision "disappointing and unfortunate."

Several other high-profile men's golfers are considering skipping the summer games this year, but none of the top women's golfers have canceled.

Yet with McIlroy out, other golfers may skip 'going for the gold' and now just play it safe and stay home, instead.

Golf hasn't been an Olympic sport since 1904, but now that it will be back in Rio, some fans wonder if any big-name players will even be there?

 

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