USA Golf officials try to quell fears in meeting with Olympic hopefuls

Dustin Johnson
Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson are the two Americans who say they are all-in on playing in Rio this summer. (Getty Images)

AKRON, Ohio – With golf’s Olympic hopefuls from all corners of the world dropping out for various reasons, USA Golf officials organized a meeting Wednesday with the top four American men expected to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games, with hopes of alleviating their concerns. What was the big takeaway from the hour-long information session?

“I think everyone got more at ease,” said Bubba Watson, who has said he is “all in” to represent Team USA when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.

Dustin Johnson, who also has confirmed his participation, echoed Watson’s sentiment: “I thought the meeting was good. It cleared up a lot of things.”

Watson, who noted that he attended only because “they asked me to,” said that questions from managers, players and caddies are expected to be answered in the next week.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, the other two Americans positioned to make the team, have yet to determine whether they would team with Johnson and Watson in Rio or join the likes of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott among the 11 world-class players on the sidelines.

“I’ve always wanted to go, but I want to make sure me and my team feel safe on the health and security issues,” Fowler said. “There’s still some stuff ongoing, some logistics to work out.”

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