I got a tiny taste of Olympic fever yesterday… on the golf course of all places.
I drove over to Glen Abbey Golf Club, the site of this year’s Canadian Open, to hear from Canada’s newly formed Olympic golf team.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp is on the team, and is really excited to be going to Rio, along with LPGA phenom Brooke Henderson and PGA veterans Graham DeLaet and Brantford’s David Hearn.
Golf will make it’s return to the Olympics for the 1st time since 1904.
Canada’s George S. Lyon is the defending champion.
A few of the world’s best golfers — like Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — have pulled out of the tournament because of concerns about the Zika virus.
But Hearn says he’s not worried, saying “There is a risk… but I feel the risks are very minimal at this time and I’m not too concerned about it.”
Rio organizing committee president Carlos Nuzman says the world’s best golfers have pulled out, not because of Zika or other health concerns.
He says it’s because there is no prize money up for grabs.
So much for national pride.