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Day out of Olympics due to Zika concerns

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jason Day pulled out of the Olympics on Tuesday because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.

The sport has lost two of its biggest stars in the last week, adding to the perception that the Olympics are not a high priority. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, also said Zika will keep from competing in Rio de Janeiro.

"The sole reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family," Day said in a statement. "I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life."

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Money Leaders: PGA
Rank Player Earnings
1 J.Day $5,868,610
2 D.Johnson $4,971,424
3 A.Scott $4,806,335
4 J.Spieth $4,136,032
5 R.Knox $3,084,086
6 J.Thomas $3,062,441
7 K.Chappell $3,001,367
8 P.Reed $2,998,531
9 B.Snedeker $2,875,411
10 H.Matsuyama $2,860,135
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