A corujas, a burrowing owl looks out from it burrow in a bunker on the ninth hole as practice continues for the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Alastair Grant
August 14, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rory McIlroy skipped the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika virus. The four-time major champion said he would not be watching Olympic golf on television, but rather track and field, swimming and diving - ''the sports that matter.''

I'll see what's on and grab a beer.

The diving's good from what I hear.

The water, though, is sickly green.

A Master's jacket? Bad chlorine?

Track gets me going. What a show!

I'm ready for the hammer throw,

The 20,000-meter walk,

These guys can move; they talk the talk.

The golf? For now, I've had enough.

I'll stick to the important stuff.

It doesn't matter how it goes -

Henrik Stenson or Justin Rose.

The course has wildlife on the prowl:

Sloths and caimans, burrowing owl.

And what's with Zika - gone away?

Mosquitoes on a holiday?

But no regrets, what's done is done,

And synchro swimming's just begun.

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