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" RORY MCILROY, British world No. 4 golfer, calling for more rigorous drug testing for his sport".

"I'm very passionate and very much a supporter of the Olympics and Olympic golf".

"I'll probably the events like track and field, swimming, diving - the stuff that matters".

Redgrave, who won gold at five separate Games, questioned on Tuesday (NZT Wednesday) why so numerous men, and so few women, had decided not to play in golf's first Olympic tournament in 112 years. "I didn't get into golf to try to grow the game, I tried to get into golf to win championships". "I didn't get into golf to get other people into the game".

Massaro claims golf's place at future Olympic Games should be reassessed if the game's leading players fails to appreciate the value of the sport. "I certainly have thought about all that and it's something I've looked forward to since 2009 when it was announced".

"I don't really know of any drug that can give you an advantage all the way across the board", he admitted. I think I should say now that I don't think it's appropriate for us to discuss individual cases, especially as they're generally decisions have been taken on health grounds.

"I feel that many, if not all of you would have made the same decision as I made if you were in my shoes, whether you believe it or not, so be it".

"Listen, this was probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life at 22 years old", said Spieth.

"Whether it's the best idea to have the top professionals there, whether it should be amateurs where it's the pinnacle of the amateur game, like boxing is, then you move onto the professional level, I don't know".

Johnson, the current world No. 2, released a statement late Friday night that said he would not be part of Team USA, citing concerns over the health of him and his family.

"I totally respect and understand their perspective and their decision, and it obviously comes down to personal reasons, and you have to respect that".

Golf hasn't been an Olympic sport for over 100 years, but the International Olympic Committee chose to give it another chance seven years ago.

"But I really think there's enough on Rory's plate trying to win a Major championship this week".

Golf is back in the Olympics after a 112-year absence, but the withdrawal of the top male players has overshadowed its return.

On being compared to Spieth, Day and Johnson: "I've got four major championships, and I'd love to add to that tally, just as those guys would love to add to their one or two majors that they have and just keep going".