Golfers Skipped Rio, but They Didn’t Miss It

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As Justin Rose, center, received the gold medal, Henrik Stenson, left, took silver, and Matt Kuchar won bronze, some top golfers who sat out the Olympics had their televisions tuned elsewhere.

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Rory McIlroy did not watch much of the golf during the Olympics. He did not watch much of anything. He spent a week at an isolated cabin in upstate New York, where there was no electricity.

Adam Scott traveled around Europe, where golf did not air until well after he fell asleep. Jason Day watched one hole. Then he flipped the channel to see Usain Bolt and, later, a swimming event.

“It was a four-by relay or whatever it’s called,” Day said. “That’s how much I know about the Olympics.”

As Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were showing off their gold and silver medals at Bethpage Black on Tuesday, several of the other top golfers in the world were instead shaking off the rust from three weeks of competitive inertia — a respite that, in this frenzied golf season, must have felt like summer recess.

It allowed for some…

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