Rickie Fowler may miss Olympic golf because of Zika and security risks

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Rickie Fowler has become the latest high-profile golfer to cast doubt on his participation in the Olympic Games. Fowler, speaking immediately after a missed cut at the US Open, cited security and the Zika virus as ongoing concerns.

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“I’m definitely excited about the opportunity,” Fowler said. “But I think we want to make sure that we do our homework and make sure that we feel safe about going down there both on the security reasons and the health reasons, and make sure that everything’s taken care of. That’s our main focus right now.

“I’d love to have the opportunity to go down there but we don’t know for sure yet.”

Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh have already said they will not travel to Rio de Janeiro. Question marks remain over a host of others, now including Fowler.

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