Bubba Watson of the United States acknowledges the crowd after a birdie on the 18th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Ben Curtis
July 18, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Golf's return to the Olympics after 112 years will have seven Americans, the most of any country for men and women.

It just won't have their top two men.

USA Golf nominated the players, who qualified through the world ranking last week. They require U.S. Olympic Committee approval.

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and two-time major champion Jordan Spieth withdrew, Johnson because of the Zika virus threat and Spieth for overall health concerns.

The Americans have four men from the top 15 - Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar. The women have three players from the top 15 - Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller.

Countries can have two players to fill each 60-player field, and up to four if all are inside the top 15.

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