Shane Lowry withdraws from Rio Olympics

Ireland’s Shane Lowry has taken the decision to withdraw from the upcoming Olympic games in Rio due to fears over the Zika virus.

The Offaly man has released the following statement regarding his decision:

Statement on my Olympic Games participation

— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) June 28, 2016

This follows the decision of fellow Irish golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to withdraw their participation for the summer Olmypic games.

Clara man Lowry has recently been playing some superb stuff, having led the US Open going into the last round before enduring an extremely tough final day.

The Olympic Council of Ireland have also released a statement in response to Lowry's decision.

"The OCI is disappointed to hear of the news that Shane Lowry is withdrawing from Rio 2016 due to his concerns over the Zika virus," they said.

"However, as we have always said, it is down to the individual and of course we respect Shane's decision, which he has taken for personal reasons.

"The OCI already note that we are very fortunate to have three-time major champion Pádraig Harrington, who now looks likely to gain automatic qualification.

"Seamus Power is currently the next highest-ranked Irish player and his possible qualification will be determined on the 11th July."

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