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Vijay Singh to skip Olympics, cites timing, Zika virus

Vijay Singh

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 17: Vijay Singh of Fiji hits his approach shot on the first hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 17, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Vijay Singh won’t play in the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years. Why?

“The timing of it, you know I have to focus over here [on the PGA Tour],” Singh said Tuesday, according to “I would like to play the Olympics, but the Zika virus, you know and all that crap.”

Singh, a 53-year-old with three major titles, is a sure bet to be among the 60 qualifiers for the Rio Olympic tournament because he is the top-ranked player from his country, Fiji.

Singh is ranked No. 215 in the world, and with no more than two players per nation allowed past the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking on July 11, the field will dip into the 300s in ranking to fill out.

He last won on the PGA Tour in 2008.

“It wasn’t that difficult [a decision],” Singh said, according to “I feel bad, I wanted to play and finally decided against it. It’s in the middle of the Tour over here and I’m trying to figure out my game.”

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