South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen has said he will not compete at the Rio Olympics, fuelling the debate raging around golf’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence.
In a statement issued by ISM, his British-based management company, 2010 British Open champion Oosthuizen, 33, said he had informed South Africa’s Olympic committee of his decision after “long deliberations citing family and schedule issues”.
“I have always represented South Africa with pride so I didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought,” said Oosthuizen, the current world No 12.
“I would like to wish our golfers and all other athletes competing in Brazil all the very best for success,” he added.
This leaves Branden Grace, world No 11 and Charl Schwartzel, world No 20 as South Africa’s hopefuls for the event.

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