"They play most weeks of the year not at major championships", Dawson said.
Canada's Chief Medical Officer for the Olympics has fears about the games in Rio de Janeiro - but they are not about mosquitoes or polluted water venues.
There's plenty of blame to go around, from skittish golfers who latched on to the threat of the Zika to justify their decisions to tone-deaf executives who made a mess of this year's schedule, cramming too many important tournaments into too short of a time period. In marked contrast only one female golfer pulled out - South African Lee-Anne Pace. I got into golf to win championships and win major championships. "I'll be texting Rickie [Fowler], obviously, throughout as a good friend of mine".
As for his chance this week, when victory would give him a third leg of the career Grand Slam, Spieth said he wished all his focus was on the British Open and not clouded by his Olympic decision. There's not a whole lot of learning to do of the golf course. Spieth should've done the same instead of beating around the bush with his "health concerns" answer. He also said, rather sarcastically, "I take great heart, though, from the fact we haven't lost a greenskeeper yet". Many, if not all of you, would have made the same decision I made if you were in my shoes.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, current Masters champion Danny Willett and Justin Rose are the biggest names who will feature in Rio. Barring further defections, the USA will be represented by Bubba Watson, Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar.
"The Claret Jug is something I've held in my hands", said Spieth, who was on the plane back home from St. Andrews previous year with Zach Johnson, who won the Open.
"I can't worry about other guys", McIlroy said.
While that has only added to the argument that the sport shouldn't be included due to it not being the pinnacle of the men's game, there has only been one high-profile withdrawal on the women's side. The latter, for instance, simply said he needs to keep his PGA Tour card and can't afford to miss the John Deere Classic. He said he was a "huge believer in Olympic golf, a huge believer in playing for my country".
USA researchers tried to calculate whether the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which is in the midst of a Zika epidemic, will lead to outbreaks that wouldn't have happened otherwise. Golf does not. Also, Olympic tennis will always come during the month in between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Apparently, McIlroy wasn't feeling almost as torn as Spieth about his choice to not be an Olympian.
"Probably events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters", he said.
"I don't feel like I've let the game down at all", McIlroy said.
"We've got the world's best experts there handling all the situations, so as an athlete perspective, I think it's right for us to believe and trust them".
"I got into golf to win major championships".