Rickie Fowler commits to USA Olympic team via social media
Three of the four American golfer spots have officially been filled for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, with Rickie Fowler being the latest to join the bunch. He will join Bubba Watson (world no. 5) and Patrick Reed (world no. 13) as American golfers who have committed to the team.
World no. 7 Fowler, like much of the universal golf community, had previously expressed his doubts about playing in the Olympics, citing the Zika virus as an impediment to starting a family someday.
"I'm definitely excited about the opportunity, but I think we want to make sure that we do our homework and make sure that we feel safe about going down there both on the security reason and the health reasons, and make sure that everything's taken care of," Fowler said last month. "That's our main focus right now. I'd love to have the opportunity to go down there, but we don't know for sure yet."
Jordan Spieth, the world no. 3 ranked player, is the only qualified American golfer yet to announce his intentions on playing in the 2016 games in Rio. If he were to pull out, Matt Kuchar would take the final spot. The players will be announced on Monday, so Spieth is expected to make his decision soon.