Italy’s Francesco Molinari added his name to the long list of male golfers opting out of competing in the Rio Games. The 33-year-old announced his decision Tuesday and is slated to be replaced by countryman Matteo Manassero.
“Unfortunately I have decided to withdraw from the Italian Olympic team due to family reasons,” Molinari said in an Instagram post. “I am very disappointed to miss out on golf’s return to the Olympics however, I am confident that Matteo will do a fantastic job in my place.”
The only male player ranked lower will be Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubon, who is No. 344 in the world and reportedly earned a spot when Angelo Que of the Philippines withdrew Monday. Cazaubon is listed here as Que’s first reserve.
Nino Bertasio – No. 299 in the world – will also represent Italy in Rio. He ranked 55th in the Olympic rankings as of Monday, but the list has yet to be updated to account for the latest withdrawals.
American Bubba Watson will be the highest-ranked player after the top four in the world rankings pulled out.
The men will tee off in Rio Aug. 11-14.
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Sono molto dispiaciuto di annunciare che ho deciso di rinunciare alle Olimpiadi di Rio a causa di motivi familiari. Non avrei mai voluto mancare al ritorno del golf alle Olimpiadi, ma sono sicuro che Matteo terrà alti i colori italiani al mio posto Unfortunately I have decided to withdraw from the Italian Olympic team due to family reasons. I am very disappointed to miss out on golf's return to the Olympics however, I am confident that Matteo will do a fantastic job in my place.