Dear Misters McIlroy, Spieth, and Day:
I urge you not to attend the Olympics this summer. Here’ why:
- The threat of becoming infected by the Zika virus is too grave a risk to chance exposing yourselves to it.
- Rio is an unhealthy, crime-infested locale, quite apart from the Zika virus.
- Golf in the Olympics mean less than nothing. Basically, no one will care. And even if people did care, you’d only be stealing attention from athletes for whom an Olympic medal is the ultimate.
Undoubtedly, pressure will be put on you to attend. NBC — for my money, the slimiest media outlet on the planet — doesn’t give a damn if all three of you and your entire families become infected with the Zika virus. If they think your infections will bring them another penny, they are all for it.
Make a stand for reality and common sense: Don’t go.
And know this: Whatever happens in Rio will be forgotten in two weeks. Golf fans remember majors forever.