Rio par­tic­i­pa­tion im­por­tant for golf – Gar­cia

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Ser­gio Gar­cia will com­pete at Rio this sum­mer and says golf’s re­turn to the Olympic Games af­ter 112 years is im­por­tant in help­ing the sport grow.

World num­ber one Ja­son Day, Rory McIl­roy and Shane Lowry are among those to have pulled out of the com­pe­ti­tion due to con­cerns about the Zika virus.

Gar­cia, 36, said he knew of the dan­gers but rep­re­sent­ing Spain and be­ing an Olympian was “too im­por­tant”.

Zim­babwe’s Bren­don de Jonge has also with­drawn, but cited busi­ness rea­sons.

Masters win­ner Danny Wil­lett said ear­lier this week he is will­ing to “risk” a trip to Brazil to com­pete in Au­gust.

The Zika virus is mos­quito-borne and has been linked to de­fects in new­born ba­bies, prompt­ing those look­ing to start a fam­ily to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions.

Mean­while, De Jonge’s de­ci­sion to with­draw comes as com­pet­ing in Rio would mean miss­ing two PGA Tour events.

De Jonge is 160th on the FedEx Cup points list and needs to fin­ish in the top 125 at the end of the sea­son to keep full play­ing rights.

Ser­gio Gar­cia

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