DUBLIN, OHIO | What would it mean to golf in the Olympics if Jason Day, the world’s top-ranked player, decides not to go to Rio later this summer?
That question has come into play after Day said Friday at the Memorial Tournament that he is undecided about whether he will represent Australia in the Olympics, where golf is returning for the first time in 112 years.
Day made it clear he has not decided either way. But his uncertainty is another indication of the uncertainty surrounding golf in the Games, particularly with Zika concerns in Rio de Janeiro.
“I don’t think it’s a Rio issue. I think it’s a medical issue that’s attached to the what happens if I go there, get it and bring it back because obviously they don’t know,” Day said. “The recommendation from the CDC is ‘X’ but you don’t know how long it’s going to last in your body. I’m a little wary of it. I’ve just got to make a smart, educated decision before I make a decision about whether to go or not.”
Day cited the recent comments by Detroit Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez who said he was laid up for two weeks due to symptoms which lingered for weeks.
“We don’t need that,” Day said.
Day also indicated he and his wife, Ellie, plan to have more children and he is concerned about the potential effects should he contract the illness.
Already, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh have said they will not participate in the Olympics, though Scott said scheduling issues were the primary reason he will bypass the Games. Rory McIlroy has said he plans to play, but is monitoring the Zika situation.