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First elite women’s golfer withdraws from Olympics, cites Zika

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South African Lee-Anne Pace became the first prominent and qualified female golfer to announce she won’t play in the Olympics, citing the Zika virus on Wednesday.

Pace is ranked No. 38 in the world.

Many male golfers have said they will skip the Olympics, with some of them citing Zika concerns.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years this summer.

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