Tag Archives: Rio de Janeiro

Jul
13
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General


[Ed note: The sun is coming up and I haven’t slept (instead I’ve been meaning to write my epic rant in defense of Rory McIlroy’s comments during his presser at Royal Troon on Tuesday and the ensuing overreaction/misinterpreation/oversight, but instead I engaged in debates with people on Twitter for the last 3-4 hours (I really should know better at this point), and I have a very important engagement in three hours. In other words, I’m not going to be able to write my full takedown on why everyone needs to back off and shed some light on why perhaps McIlroy has developed a bit of disdain for Olympic golf Hint: How many other players have been asked regularly for the last five years (at least) which country they are going to represent in the Olympics? And if you don’t understand the implications and history, here is a detailed explanation and an excellent breakdown written by one of contributors who happens to be Irish back in 2012.]

First, I have just a few housekeeping notes to mention. I’m absolutely fed up with the topic of golf in the Olympics (I mean, I haven’t really been enthused since they announced the format–72-hole stroke play, making it an entirely individual competition), and the whole situation has gotten so absurd that I don’t even want to mention, talk or write about it, but I do feel strongly enough about my take on what’s turned into an absolute debacle, along with defending Rory McIlroy’s remarks in his Tuesday presser at Royal Troon ahead of the Open Championship this week.

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Jul
9
2016

Ah, the good ol’ Friday night news dump! — at least Tiger Woods has the courtesy to do it at a *reasonable* hour, but hey, I guess that’s the benefit of being on the West Coast at the moment.

Dustin Johnson issued a statement late Friday night that he has withdrawn his name from the Olympics due to the threat of the Zika virus. Here is his full statement:

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Jun
22
2016

Rory McIlroy announced Wednesday morning that he has officially withdrawn his name from golf’s return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, citing health risks over the Zika virus. The world no. 4 golfer would have been one of two golfers representing Ireland, but McIlroy and his fiancee, Erica Stoll, plan to start a family in the near future, and Zika has been linked to birth defects among newborns.

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Jun
3
2016

No surprise to hear this news. In fact, while I was following Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy play the front nine this afternoon, I randomly said to two other media members, “70% chance JDay pulls out of the Olympics because of the Zika virus and I don’t blame him at all.”

Following his second round at The Memorial Tournament, Day, the world no. 1, expressed his concerns about competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to fear of getting the Zika virus. It was the first time that Day had publicly discussed his apprehensiveness.

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Oct
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Architecture

Golf returns to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but there’s one tiny problem — the city doesn’t have a course that can host the competition…yet. Organizers are asking architects interested in designing the golf course for the Games to submit proposals by the end of this month, with a winner to be decided by Christmas, according to the AP:

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