Golf in the Olympics was teetering there for a bit. Rory McIlroy insinuated a few weeks ago that he might not play the 2016 games in Rio because of the Zika virus. That would have been a death blow to the sport being in the Olympics beyond 2020 for a variety of reasons.
Thankfully for this year and beyond, it looks like Rory is actually going to play.
"I've sought out some advice, and I had two dead shoulders for about four days last week because I got my shots and whatever I needed to get for going down there," said McIlroy on Wednesday at the Memorial Tournament.
"Obviously, there's no vaccination for Zika," added McIlroy. "I think what the health experts are really worried about, it's not the individual cases. It's the fact that 500,000 people go to Rio, extra people, and they spend three weeks at the Games, they go back out of Rio, and some might have contracted Zika and don't know about it. Then all of a sudden, instead of it being this virus that's contained in a certain part of the world, it's now a global epidemic. And I think that's the real concern.
"So for me to go down there, even if I was to get Zika, it's ... six months, and it's a virus, and it works its way out of your system, and it's nice that we can come back and feel like you've had some of the symptoms down there, you can get tested for it, and it's either a yes or a no you've had it.
"It's a virus. It works its way out of your system, and you become immune to it or whatever. I'm ready to play. I feel like the advice I've sought out over the past 10 days has put my mind at ease and makes me more comfortable going down there knowing that, even if I do contract Zika, it's not the end of the world. It takes six months to pass through your system and you're fine."
So there you go. It's also interesting that so many other golfers would skip these games at least in part because of the virus (presumably). McIlroy doesn't make it sound as serious as some of the public may have been led to believe. Of course, he's also not married and not necessarily ready to start a family unlike some of the players who have withdrawn (Adam Scott, Marc Leishman etc.)
Either way, it's good to know that at least one of (and probably all three of) the top three guys in the world will be in Rio for the first golf competition in a century.