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

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)
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)

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.

People also read these

After storm halts tribute, A-Rod doubles in...

Aug 13, 2016

His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez began his final game with the New York Yankees...

'Suicide Squad' loses some luster in 2nd...

Aug 14, 2016

"Suicide Squad" isn't looking as bright in weekend two, dropping an estimated 67 percent

Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really...

Aug 14, 2016

Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really hurtful' as she leaves Olympic stage

Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony...

Aug 15, 2016

A federal appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby's effort to reseal his deposition testimony about...

Olympic fans injured outside arena when camera...

Aug 15, 2016

Seven people were injured Monday when an elevated television camera plummeted more than 60 feet to...

About Us

The World Insiders brings you exclusive coverage from across the globe in a timely, easy to consume format sourced directly from our regional media partners.

Contact us: sales[at]theworldinsiders.com

Subscribe Now!