Masters champ Willett joins McIlroy in Zika fears

Masters Champion Danny Willett has noiw joined four-time Major winner, Rory McIlroy expressing apprehension in travelling to Brazil for this year’s Olympic Games.

Like McIlroy, Willett fears contracting the ‘ZIKA’ virus which he has revealed at this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Danny Willett Danny Willett (Credit: Callaway Golf)

“We are monitoring it,” said the Augusta National winning hero. “We’ve had an e-mail from the WHO (World Health Organisation) and we are keeping on top of it.”

“It’s not great, is it? There’s going to be 500,000 people watching the Olympics and you have 11,000 athletes right in the heart of where it’s at.

“If it turns out that it would be a massive threat to myself or to Nic (his wife Nicole) or to the little man, then I probably wouldn’t go. Family comes first. But as it stands at the minute, I think everything should be okay.”

“We’re down to go and hopefully they can give us some proper guidelines as to how to keep it at bay and keep it under control so that it doesn’t ruin what could be potentially a fantastic Olympics.”

It’s yet another blow in golf returning to the Olympic’s after McIlroy admitted on Monday he was considering not travelling to Rio de Janeiro.

“There’s going to be a point in the next couple of years where we’re (with fiancee Erica Stoll) going to have to think about starting a family,” said the new Irish Open winner.

“Right now I’m ready to go but I don’t want anything to affect that.”

And quizzed if there was a chance he might not go to Rio, McIlroy, replied: “Yeah.” But he added: “Right now I am going and looking forward to it.”

No one would begrudge Rory acting in the safety of his family in any way, shape or form, but this does continue to pose larger questions about the Olympics more generally.

Among those not travelling to Rio include Masters champions, Adam Scott along with fellow Australian Marc Leishman plus Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel along with former Open winner Louis Oosthuizen.

However if McIlroy in particular should elect not to compete it would be a huge blow to golf remaining a Summer Olympics sport past 2020 when it is also scheduled to be on the list of sports for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.