Henderson focused on gold but has eye on Zika

Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:15pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - Golf's newest major winner Brooke Henderson is looking forward to representing Canada at the Rio Olympics but admitted on Monday to concern about the Zika virus threat hanging over the Summer Games.

After beating world number one Lydia Ko in a playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday, Henderson has put herself among the gold medal favorites in Rio.

At 18 years and nine months, Henderson became the second-youngest woman to win a major after New Zealander Ko, who won last year's Evian Championship aged 18 years and four months.

"It (Zika) is definitely a concern but we are just monitoring and trying to take all the information that we can and make the best decision that I can at the end of the day," said Henderson during a conference call on Monday.

"Right now the plan is to go and compete and bring back that gold medal."

No women's golfers have withdrawn from Olympic consideration, but the list on the men's side is growing.

World number one golfer Jason Day earlier this month expressed doubts for the first time over whether he would compete in Rio in August, citing fresh concerns over the Zika virus. And on Monday, number two Jordan Spieth would not categorically commit to the event.

Major winners Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Fiji's Vijay Singh have already ruled themselves out over Zika concerns, while another South African Louis Oosthuizen cited family issues behind his decision to withdraw.   Continued...

Jun 12, 2016; Sammamish, WA, USA; Brooke Henderson tees off on the second tee during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club - South/North Course. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports