Long way from golf: Rory McIlroy watches the Olympics on TV

A corujas, a burrowing owl looks out from it burrow in a bunker on the ninth hole as practice continues for the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The pool in the Lenk Aquatic Center where the 2016 Summer Olympics synchronized swimming competition is photographed as the draining process starts on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic officials gave up on cleaning the green-tinged water in one of the pools at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. Instead, they began draining it Saturday and planned to transfer nearly 1 million gallons of clear water from a nearby practice pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rory McIlroy skipped the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika virus. The four-time major champion said he would not be watching Olympic golf on television, but rather track and field, swimming and diving — "the sports that matter."

I'll see what's on and grab a beer.

The diving's good from what I hear.

The water, though, is sickly green.

A Master's jacket? Bad chlorine?

Track gets me going. What a show!

I'm ready for the hammer throw,

The 20,000-meter walk,

These guys can move; they talk the talk.

The golf? For now, I've had enough.

I'll stick to the important stuff.

It doesn't matter how it goes —

Henrik Stenson or Justin Rose.

The course has wildlife on the prowl:

Sloths and caimans, burrowing owl.

And what's with Zika — gone away?

Mosquitoes on a holiday?

But no regrets, what's done is done,

And synchro swimming's just begun.

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