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Grace pulls out of Olympics due to Zika

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(AP) -- Branden Grace withdrew from the Olympics on Friday, becoming the fourth golfer to cite the Zika virus as a reason not to play in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

At No. 11 in the world, Grace, a two-time winner this year, is the highest-ranked South African golfer.

"After serious consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to withdraw myself from the Olympic competition due to the risk posed by the Zika virus," Grace said in a statement. "Although it was a huge goal of mine to represent my country in the Olympics, we are getting married in November and hoping to start a family in the near future, so I must put the health of my family first."


Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 D.Willett €3,148,283
2 R.McIlroy €1,991,850
3 L.Oosthuizen €1,655,474
4 C.Wood €1,549,495
5 R.Cabrera Bello €1,533,151
6 B.Grace €1,282,369
7 H.Stenson €1,164,383
8 L.Westwood €1,141,403
9 S.Lowry €952,716
10 M.Fitzpatrick €847,768
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