Aussie Goes! Leishman Cites Zika Virus In Passing On Rio Games

Golf Australia first reported Marc Leishman's decision to join fellow Aussie Adam Scott in passing on Olympic golf in Rio.

Leishman cited the Zika virus and his wife's continued precarious immune system as the reason for his decision to pass up the games.

“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome.

“Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 per cent recovery of her immune system.

“We have consulted with Audrey's physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.

“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy."

Leishman went on to suggest the Olympics are the second most important event a golfer can be invited to. His decision to pass leaves Marcus Fraser as the current Aussie highest up the world ranking and therefore eligible.

Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen recently announced they would not be participating, and as I explained on ShackHouse, the Zika virus was at the forefront of their minds.

On a positive note, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler have reinforced their desire to play. Jeff Babineau reports on McIlroy suggesting this is his best chance to play.