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Louis Oosthuizen to skip Olympic golf tournament, too

Louis Oosthuizen

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa reacts after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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South African Louis Oosthuizen became the third major champion golfer in the last two weeks to say he will skip the Rio Olympics.

Oosthuizen cited “long deliberations” and “family and schedule issues” in a statement.

“I have always represented South Africa with pride so didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought,” Oosthuizen said in the statement.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion ranked No. 12 in the world, joins past Masters champions Adam Scott and Vijay Singh in skipping the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

With Oosthuizen out, South Africa’s Olympic men’s golf team will likely be composed of No. 11 Branden Grace and No. 20 Charl Schwartzel.

South Africa’s Olympic golf captain is Gary Player.

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