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ously I am very dis­ap­pointed but I re­spect his rea­son­ing. The Games are big­ger than one per­son. it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of sport world­wide. Now we sim­ply have to take the ‘next man’ up men­tal­ity,” said the nine-time ma­jor cham­pion, who later took to Twit­ter to have a lit­tle fun. “@2016OlympicGolf: I will be in Rio, have no plans for more chil­dren & av­er­aged 70 last year. Ready to play if any more with­drawals.”

Un­like the Pres­i­dents Cup, where Player cap­tained the In­ter­na­tional Team three times, there is no need to select pair­ings and an or­der of play in Rio. So what will he do? “I will watch them prac­tice and help them tune-up with lit­tle things,” he said. “I’m not a be­liever in what takes place to­day, mak­ing signi cant changes in golf swings.We’ve seen how that’s hurt Tiger Woods.The last thing I would ever do is try and make

any changes in my team. We will have GARY PLAYER. dis­cus­sions of be­ing pos­i­tive and hav­ing pa­tience and en­joy­ing the mo­ment to be at the Olympic Games. It’s the men­tal, psy­cho­log­i­cal help, mainly.”


One lead­ing South African golfer who has em­braced golf’s re­turn to Olympic com­pe­ti­tion is Jaco van Zyl, who with­drew from the Open and PGA Cham­pi­onships so that he would be fresh for Rio.“I’ve been at it non-stop since Jan­uary with a lot of trav­el­ling be­tween con­ti­nents,” said Van Zyl, who reached

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