Willett ready for Rio
Willett tees off next Thursday in pursuit of a gold medal to pump up a season that has flagged since the Masters triumph in April which propelled him to stardom.
Several high-profile golfers have pulled out of the competition — but the Rotherham Golf Club ace has shrugged off any fears.
“The Zika thing was a simple way of having an excuse,” said Willett.
“It would be interesting if Zika wasn’t around because you have still got a few guys withdrawing purely because of the scheduling.
“I have played Leopard Creek in South Africa about four or five times and there is more of a risk of contracting malaria there than there is getting Zika in Rio. As long as you take the appropriate precautions, you should be OK.
“It is a shame, the number of withdrawals, but I don’t think it should take anything away from what should be a fantastic Olympic Games.
“There is still going to be a fantastic field going down to Rio to compete. For all the negatives, we are still going to get one of the strongest fields this year.”