Rose, Willett Commit to Olympics as Two Others Withdraw

Rose, Willett Commit to Olympics as Two Others Withdraw

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TROON, Scotland (AP) — On the final day of practice before the British Open, two more golfers pulled out of the Olympics but major champions Danny Willett and Justin Rose remained on board.

Francesco Molinari of Italy withdrew because of family reasons without giving specifics. He will be replaced by Matteo Manassero, who tied for third in the Scottish Open last weekend.

Angelo Que of the Philippines gave up his spot in Rio de Janeiro, as well, saying he was concerned about the Zika virus. Rodolfo Cazaubon of Mexico is next on the list of eligible players.

In all, 20 male golfers have withdrawn from the Olympics.

Britain, on the other hand, will have a strong contingent comprised of Rose, winner of the 2013 U.S. Open, and Willett, the reigning Masters champion.


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