Olympics 2016: Charl Schwartzel to miss Rio games

Charl Schwartzel
Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters, taking advantage of Rory McIlroy's final-round nightmare

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is the latest high-profile player to opt out of the Rio Olympics.

The South African's decision comes a week after compatriot Louis Oosthuizen withdrew, while two other Masters champions, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Adam Scott of Australia, will also not play.

"We had a great team but now obviously it will not be as good," said South Africa team captain Gary Player.

Golf returns to the Olympics after a 112-year absence at the Rio games.

Three-time major winner Singh said fears over the Zika virus would prevent him competingexternal-link in Brazil, while Scott pulled out in order to focus on the PGA Tour.

The Games take place from 5 to 21 August, with the men's golf tournament ending on 14 August.

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