Day on Olympic dropouts: 'Never been on our radar' to win medal

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AVONDALE, La. – World No. 1 Jason Day won’t join countryman Adam Scott on the sidelines at the Olympics.

“It’d be a really fantastic honor to win a gold medal, or any medal, in the Olympics,” he said Tuesday at the Zurich Classic.

The Games begin 100 days from Wednesday.

Last week, Scott, No. 7 in the world, announced that he wouldn’t play because of a busy summer schedule. South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel also have said that they won’t play in Rio. 

Day said he doesn’t blame some of his peers for pulling out of the Games because golfers’ careers, for the past century, have been judged based on the number of majors they won, not medals.   

“You can’t really get angry at golfers for saying that they’re going to pull out of the Olympics," he said, "because it’s never been on our radar to ever win a gold medal."