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Charl Schwartzel

Schwartzel becomes 4th major champion to skip Olympics

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa is the latest player to drop out of the Olympics, making him the fourth major champion in the last two weeks to decide against being part of golf's return after a 112-year absence.

Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour's chief spokesman and vice president of the International Golf Federation, said Monday that Schwartzel notified officials late last week. The former Masters champion moved into a strong qualifying position when former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen cited family and scheduling issues for withdrawing.

Another former Masters champion, Adam Scott of Australia at No. 7 in the world, is the most high-profile player to say he would not...