Pace first in LPGA to skip Rio over Zika

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(AP) -- Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa has withdrawn her name from consideration for her nation's Olympic team out of concern about the Zika virus.

Pace, ranked No. 38th in the world, is the first player on the LPGA tour to cite Zika for sitting out of the Rio Games. Several men, including Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, have decided against the trip to Brazil. Australian Jason Day, the world's top-ranked player, and Ireland's Shane Lowry withdrew this week.

Pace, playing this week in the Portland Classic, said she has informed the South African Golf Association, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee that she has withdrawn her name from consideration for the Olympic team.


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