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Jack Nicklaus and Arnold

Palmer, along with Gary

Player firmly believed that

the leading players of the day

should help better the game

of golf for future generations.

It wasn’t cool to play in

Scotland until Arnie reignited

interest in the British Open,

when he won consecutive

Open Championships in

1961 and 1962. Gary Player

has logged more miles to

promote golf than any other

human being on the planet.

Today’s professional golfers

are faced with a conundrum.

Should they or shouldn’t

they participate in the Rio

Olympics, which will offer

golf as a sanctioned sport for

the first time since 1904.

Rio de Janeiro presents

a myriad of troublesome

problems for the leading

players. Jason Day, Rory

McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and

Dustin Johnson are currently

the top-ranked players, but

have bowed out of the Rio

Games citing concerns over

the Zika virus. In reality, their

main concern may be money.

Day, Spieth and McIlroy are

relatively young and will

have future opportunities to

participate in the Olympics,

Johnson is the old man of the

group at the ripe old age of

32. They are all in the process

or are anticipating becoming

fathers in the coming years

and that is where the Zika

virus excuse becomes useful.

The major reason, however,

is the possibility of losing

millions in prize and bonus

money from the 2016 FedEx

Cup Playoffs, if they should

become sick from competing

in the Brazil Olympics.

At first blush this seems selfish

and not in the Olympic Spirit,

but on reflection the decision

to abstain from Rio seems

to be the smart answer to a

complex question.


What Would

Jack Do?


Fred Altvater

NWO Golf Links