Things keep going from bad-to-worse for proponents of Olympic golf.
General lack of enthusiasm from both players and fans, combined with ongoing fears about the Zika virus, has led to a wave of withdrawals from the world’s best golfers.
Rory McIlroy became the latest to follow the likes of Branden Grace, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Vijay Singh, Graeme McDowell and Charl Schwartzel in withdrawing from the games last week, and there are rumors that World No. 1 Jason Day will soon follow suit, too.
And that may well spell the end for golf in the Olympics, according to International Olympic Committee member Barry Maister. Maister said quite plainly that if Olympic golf couldn’t attract its best players, then it simply wouldn’t be welcomed back into the competition.
Via Inside The Games:
“I think it is appalling,” Maister, winner of an Olympic gold medal in hockey at Montreal 1976, told New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB.
“I don’t like it and I don’t think the sport should be allowed to continue in the Games under that scenario.
“Once they’ve got in, they have got to deliver.
“Just getting in with your name, and then putting up some second or third rate…