23/06/2016

NI Golfer Graeme McDowell Withdraws From 2016 Rio Olympics

Northern Ireland golfer Graeme McDowell has confirmed he will not be participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The news comes after Rory McIlroy said he will also not be taking part due to concerns over the Zika virus.

McDowell, who won the US Open Champion in 2010, said he made his decision many months ago as his wife is pregnant and due to give birth a couple of weeks after the games.
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In a statement he said: "As many within golf will know my wife Kristin is pregnant and is due to have our second child just a couple of weeks after the Olympic Golf competition concludes. I made the decision many months ago, before I was on the team, that I would not play or travel outside the US, where I and my family live, in the weeks running up to the birth.

"Unfortunately I will therefore not be available to replace Rory on the team. I have informed Paul McGinley and the Olympic Council of Ireland of my decision."

(CD)

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