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TROON, Scotland -- Citing health concerns -- but not specifically the Zika virus -- Jordan Spieth on Tuesday said it was probably the hardest decision Ive had to make in my life when he decided to withdraw from the Olympic golf tournament. Wholesale Suns Jerseys .For months, Spieth, 22, had professed his desire to represent the United States and participate in golfs return to the Games after 104 years. He had even been featured in advertisements for the Aug. 11-14 event in Brazil.But like many of his peers, Spieth on Monday said he wont be making the trip and also said he would not defend his title at the John Deere Classic -- a PGA Tour event that is being played the same week.This was harder than trying to decide what university to go to, Spieth said Tuesday during a news conference at Royal Troon, where the 145th Open begins Thursday. Whether to turn professional and leave school. This was something I very much struggled with. I bounced back and forth with, and ultimately a decision had to be made yesterday, and so I made it.Why was it so hard?Because Im a huge believer in Olympic golf, he said. Im a huge believer in playing for your country, showing I absolutely look forward to Summer and Winter Olympics. Its the most exciting sporting event for me to watch on TV, and to have a chance to be a part of it is something I definitely look forward to trying to do.Spieth said that although he doesnt expect anyone to understand his decision, he believes its the right one.Unfortunately, this is going to be a very, very difficult thing for me to do to watch the opening ceremonies and watch my peers compete for a gold medal or any medal for that [matter], and watch people stand on the stage and hear the national anthem playing.Spieth said hes looked forward to Olympic golf since 2009, when its return to the Olympics was announced. He said hell make it a significant goal to be at Tokyo in 2020.?Spieth would not specifically cite Zika as the reason for his withdrawal. He said reportssuggesting that he is doing so for just that reason are false. Rio has been plagued with health and security issues, and those factors undoubtedly weighed in his decision, although he would not discuss them specifically.Ranked third in the world and basically the face of American golf after winning two major championships and the PGA Tours FedEx Cup title in 2015, Spieth was viewed as an excellent ambassador for golfs re-entry into the Olympics.But he joined the other top-four players in the world -- Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy -- in electing to stay home.During a 30-minute news conference, Spieth fielded 22 questions, 13 of which were about the Olympics -- even though The Open is set to begin in two days.I can understand why people are skeptical, he said. Theyre as passionate about the Olympics, as I am. They also are not in my shoes. So I feel that many, if not all of you, would have made the same decision I made if you were in my shoes. Whether you believe it or not, so be it. This is just something that was very, very challenging for me. I very much struggled with it. I certainly didnt want to have to do this during major week. Obviously, would have rather had the focus be on the Open Championship, but it hasnt been the beginning of this week. Hopefully it will after I leave this room.Peter Dawson, the former head of the R&A and the current president of the International Golf Federation, on Monday said he thought the Zika threat had been overblown,?as?few athletes from other sports have withdrawn because of it.It very well could be, Spieth said. Im not sure.A year ago, Spieth won the John Deere Classic, then flew to St. Andrews attempting to make history by winning the first three majors in the same year. He came up one shot short of a playoff won by Zach Johnson.This year, the Deere tournament was moved to the same week as the Olympics, but Spieth said he wont be defending his title.I dont think thats appropriate, he said. I dont think it would be an appropriate move to play that week. So I will not be playing that week. I dont think it would be appropriate given our decision on the Olympics.But I do look forward to going back there. I love the tournament. I love the people. I obviously played it well. Cheap Suns Jerseys China . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Cheap Phoenix Suns Jerseys . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. http://www.cheapsunsjerseys.com/ . 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Lost in third round at Wimbledon, then first round of Rio Olympics, then pulled out of Cincinnati Masters, citing a sore left wrist.---ANDY MURRAYSeeded: 2Age: 29Country: Britain2016 Match Record: 50-72016 Singles Titles: 4Career Singles Titles: 39Major Titles: 3 -- U.S. Open (12), Wimbledon (13, `16)Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-4th, `14-QF, `13-QF, `12-W, `11-SFTopspin: Putting together best season of his career, winning Wimbledon and Rio Olympics title (first player with two singles gold medals, let alone two in a row), plus reaching French Open final before losing to Novak Djokovic. ... Will be expected to reverse recent U.S. Open downward trend after collecting first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2012. ... His service return and defense are as good as anyones (with the possible exception of Djokovic). ... Reunited before Wimbledon with coach Ivan Lendl.---RAFAEL NADALSeeded: 4Age: 30Country: Spain2016 Match Record: 34-112016 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 69Major Titles: 14 -- U.S. Open (10, `13), Australian Open (09), French Open (05, `06, `07, `08, `10, `11, `12, `13, `14), Wimbledon (08, `10)Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-3rd, `14-Did Not Play, `13-W, `12-DNP, `11-FTopspin: Sidelined for 2+ months after pulling out of French Open before third round with left wrist injury, but looked good upon return at Rio Olympics, reaching the semifinals in singles and earning a gold medal in doubles with Marc Lopez.. Cheap Suns Jerseys. ... Seemed to run out of energy at Cincinnati Masters, so biggest question will be what sort of match shape hes in when he gets to New York.---MARIN CILICSeeded: 7Age: 27Country: Croatia2016 Match Record: 32-172016 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 15Major Titles: 1 -- U.S. Open (14)Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-SF, `14-W, `13-DNP, `12-QF, `11-3rdTopspin: Two of his three career Grand Slam semifinal appearances came at Flushing Meadows in 2014 and 2015. ... Coming off a victory over Andy Murray in the final of the Cincinnati Masters hard-court tournament. ... At 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), equipped with a big serve and flat groundstrokes that translate well on hard courts.---STEVE JOHNSONSeeded: 19Age: 26Country: United States2016 Match Record: 26-212016 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 1Major Titles: 0 -- Best: 4th Round, Wimbledon (16)Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-1st, `14-1st, `13-1st, `12-3rd, `11-1stTopspin: Ranked 21st, hes the top American man, one spot ahead of John Isner. ... Earned a bronze in doubles with Jack Sock at Rio Olympics; reached quarterfinals in singles. ... Only 2-5 career record at U.S. Open, only once advancing past first round. ... Won two NCAA individual titles and four team titles in college at Southern California, winning his final 72 singles matches.---JUAN MARTIN DEL POTROUnseeded; Ranked 142ndAge: 27Country: Argentina2016 Match Record: 18-92016 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 18Major Titles: 1 -- U.S. Open (09)Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-DNP, `14-DNP, `13-2nd, `12-QF, `11-3rdTopspin: Silver medal at Rio Olympics, including victories over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, marked return to elite level after three operations on left wrist. ... Since winning the 2009 U.S. Open, has missed the tournament three of the past six years because of injuries. ... 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