Superstar golfer Rory McIlroy has decided not to unleash his club and balls on the Rio Olympics this summer, due to fears over the Zika virus.

The four-time major champion was due to represent Ireland at the games, so Team GB haven t lost a potential medal winner.

"Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take," said McIlroy, adding that health comes first.

I will continue to endeavour to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it."

The worry for potential parents is that not all Zika infections result in symptoms being displayed in adults.

McIlroy s announcement comes shortly after the first potential vaccine for the Zika virus received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.

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