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Seventh player withdraws name from Olympics

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Tim Wilkinson is the seventh player to withdraw him name from consideration to play this year’s Olympics.

Unlike some of the other players who have withdrawn from Olympic consideration, like Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh who cited concerns over the Zika virus, Wilkinson told GolfChannel.com last month that it was his need to maintain his PGA Tour status that would likely keep him from playing in this year’s Games.

“Representing your country would be good. When you have a family and things like that, keeping your card, keeping your career going, at my age, is slightly more important,” Wilkinson said last month at the Wells Fargo Championship. “But it would be a great honor.”

Wilkinson was the fourth alternate for New Zealand at 360th in the World Ranking.

The Olympics will be played Aug. 11-14, the week before the final regular-season Tour event. Wilkinson failed to maintain his Tour status last year and is currently 117th on the FedEx Cup points list.