Dustin Johnson Pulls Out of Rio DueTo Zika Virus

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It almost seems as though you could assemble a highly respectable Ryder Cup team from the ranks of the top professional golfers who will not be in Rio to celebrate the restoration of golf an Olympic event after 112 years.

Dustin Johnson is a recent defector, citing concerns over the Zika virus in his decision to skip the 2016 Rio Games.

Thirteen golfers have removed their names from consideration, including three of the top four ranked players in Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Eight of those players cited concerns over the Zika virus as their specific reason for their absence.

Jordan Spieth has been quiet regarding his status, as is Rickie Fowler – it might be that these two are awaiting the outcome of the British Open to make their announcements.

American Patrick Reed is in line to replace Dustin Johnson. Reed has four professional wins on the PGA Tour and one on the European Tour since turning pro in 2011. He currently ranks 13th on the official world golf ranking and eighth in the FedEx Cup rankings and has quietly put together a $3 million winnings season to this point by finishing in the top 10 of nine of his 20 events played.