Vijay Singh to Skip Olympics, Citing PGA Tour Schedule, Zika Virus

April 13, 2016

When golf returns to the Olympics in Rio this summer, Vijay Singh won’t be there.

The three-time major winner told the Golf Channel that he plans to skip the Olympics because of concerns that the Games would interrupt his PGA Tour schedule and expose him to the Zika virus spreading throughout Brazil.

“The timing of it, you know I have to focus over here [on the PGA Tour],” Singh said at the RBC Heritage on Tuesday. “I would like to play the Olympics, but the Zika virus, you know and all that crap.”

International Golf Federation vice president Ty Votaw declined to comment.

Though Singh, 53, hasn’t won since 2008 and stands at No. 215 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he would have been assured a spot in the field as the highest-ranked Fijian golfer.

“It wasn’t that difficult,” Singh said. “I feel bad. I wanted to play and finally decided against it. It’s in the middle of the Tour over here, and I’m trying to figure out my game.”