Player dismayed by Olympic withdrawals


Golf legend Gary Player expressed his dismay at the number of withdrawals from the Olympic Games after Charl Schwartzel became the latest player to turn down the chance to feature in Rio de Janeiro.

Player, a winner of nine major championships, will captain South Africa at the Games and was dealt a blow after Schwartzel followed compatriot Louis Oosthuizen in opting against travelling to Brazil.

Australia's Adam Scott and Fijian Vijay Singh have also decided not to play, despite golf returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

And Player has been left disappointed by those decisions, stating he would have loved to represent South Africa at the Olympics.

"I am sad and disappointed that several top players have withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Rio," the 80-year-old wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

"Not just South Africans. I would have given anything to play in the Olympics. South Africa had a great team, but now will obviously not be as good

"I was sorry to hear that Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have withdrawn their names from consideration."