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Gary Player Is Not Happy With Guys Skipping The Olympics

Gary Player is the undisputed most-traveled golfer to ever live. The South African claims to have flown more than 15 million miles all over the globe for the game he loves. 

Never able to participate in the Olympics as a competitor, Player will captain the South African Olympic Golf Team in Rio in 2016. However, with two of his country’s best players opting to sit out of the Games, Player released a statement giving his thoughts on the matter.

While Player is hardly alone in his stance, there are other real risks that prospective players must weigh, including health precautions due to the outbreak of the Zika virus. Both Schwartzel and Oosthuizen find themselves in a similar position to Adam Scott, who announced he wouldn’t be participating in the Olympics earlier this month. 

All three are in their early 30s and have young families that they must think about.

Here is author Shane Ryan defending Scott, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel, et al:

And here is Sports Illustrated and Golf.com writer Alan Shipnuck on the other side:

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