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Rory McIlroy drops out of Olympics over Zika virus concerns

The world's biggest sports competition is going to be without one of golf's biggest names.

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Rory McIlroy, ranked No. 4 in the overall world standings, has decided not to compete in the Olympic Games because of concerns over the Zika virus.

McIlroy said in a statement, "Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take." 

McIlroy's decision is bad news for the sport of golf, which is making its return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, and for Ireland, the country for which McIlroy had pledged to play.

The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites and is known to cause birth defects. Brazil has been facing a Zika outbreak since May 2015.

It's unclear how risky it is to visit Rio de Janeiro this August. More than 100 distinguished physicians and scientists have called for the Olympic Games to be moved.

Just four months ago, the World Health Organization said Zika was "spreading explosively." But the organization has also maintained the risk for the Olympics is very low. A Brazilian official cited a University of Cambridge study that found of the 500,000 foreign tourists traveling to the games, one will get infected.

McIlroy may have company. Rickie Fowler, the world's No. 6-ranked golfer, is reportedly also questioning if he'll play in the games.

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Imperfect ‘10’ for Els on first hole at Masters

No one can win a golf tournament on the first hole, but World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els showed everyone how to put yourself in an almost impossible position after only one hole, taking seven putts for a 10 on Thursday in the first round of the 80th Masters.

All but one putt was within 2 feet. One from 11 inches resulted in a miss that left him 4 feet for his next. He also had a one-handed swat that missed.

There have been four players in tourney history who have scored an “8” on the first hole, one that played among the top three most difficult holes of the day through 3 p.m., including Olin Browne and Scott Simpson in 1998, Billy Casper in 2001 and Jeev Milka Singh in 2007.

Els’ 10 isn’t close to the worst Masters hole score in competition. Tom Weiskopf once made “13” at the par-3 12th in 1980 and Tommy Nakajima matched that at the par-5 13th in 1998.

In 74 previous Masters’ rounds on the first hole, Els had never scored worse than a double-bogey “6” once, while making seven birdies, 56 pars and 10 bogeys. And he previously had only one hole with worse than a double bogey in his 21 previous Masters.

Els has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and four majors, two British Opens and two U.S. Opens.

Massive alligator found wandering Florida golf course

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An alligator that looks practically prehistoric was recently seen wandering a Gulf Coast golf course.

According to the "Palm Beach Post," the Myakka Pines Golf Club shared these insane photos taken by Bill Susie and Dick Huber.

They claim to have taken photos of the huge alligator wandering around the seventh hole of course.

People are already wondering if the photos are fake, but Myakka Pines says they're the real deal.

"Lots of people think the pic is photo shopped," the golf course posted to its Facebook page. "Nope! We just [grow] 'em big in these parts!"

Real or fake, the photos are pretty striking. 

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