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Jordan Spieth Pulls Out of Olympics

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Jordan Spieth is the latest men’s player to decline to play in the Olympics.

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TROON, Scotland — Jordan Spieth withdrew from the Olympics on Monday, leaving golf without its top four players when the sport returns to the games for the first time since 1904.

The decision was announced by International Golf Federation President Peter Dawson.

Spieth is the latest golfer to say he was not going to Rio, telling the I.G.F. it was for “health reasons.” He had until midnight Monday in Scotland to decide. He was practicing at Royal Troon during the I.G.F. news conference and was not expected to speak until Tuesday.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy previously withdrew, all citing the Zika virus. Day and Johnson have said they plan on having more children, while McIlroy is engaged and said he would soon be starting a family.

Golf still has eight of the top 15 players in the world competing in Rio, though losing the top four could be a big setback in its bid to stay in the Olympic program. It is assured of being part of the Tokyo Games…

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