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Golf number one Jason Day withdraws from Olympics over Zika

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Berlin (dpa) - Golf‘s top-ranked player Jason Day Tuesday pulled out of the Rio Olympics citing concerns over the Zika virus.

The 28-year-old Australian is the latest big-name player to withdraw from the Games over the virus. Former number Rory McIlroy pulled out last week.

Day released a statement saying he was concerned about the potential risks the virus could present "to my wife‘s future pregnancies and to future members of our family."

Day, who won his first major at last year‘s PGA Championship, said it had also been a major goal to compete at the Olympics but "playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family."

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