THIS old Devel has no issue with Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Vijay Singh and any other players who decide not to tee it up at the Olympics this summer.
Why is golf even being played in Rio? The sport has only been included in the Olympic programme twice - in 1900 and 1904.
Any idea who won the medals in Paris and St Louis? Nor me either until I made Mr Google do some work for his tax-light money.
Yet, 112 years later and for reasons which have completely passed me by, golf has returned to this bloated sporting extravaganza.
I've been to two Olympic Games - Sydney and Beijing since you ask - and they are about men and women running, jumping and throwing. Plus swimming.
There are many other sports as well, of course, but they are add-ons. A chance for some incredibly dedicated individuals, whose sacrifices would otherwise go unnoticed, to have a shot at glory every four years.
I don't put professional tennis players in that category - and I don't put professional golfers either.
Both sports have plenty of spotlight shone on them at their four majors (and five in the case of women golfers).
I'm passionately interested in Andy Murray winning in Melbourne, Paris, New York and at Wimbledon.
I didn't give a toss when he won gold in London four years ago.
Similarly, I won't be wasting a minute of my life watching some irrelevant tournament in Rio.
As usual on these occasions, it will be more about jingoism than sport.
And there was ugly politics as well when poor Rory McIlroy had to choose whether to play for Ireland or GB.
It was a no-win situation for the lad and he eventually plumped for Ireland.
I do know one group of people who will be absolutely delighted that golf is back on the Olympic menu.
That's the men and women of the golfing blazerati who will be flying first class to Brazil and staying in five star hotels.
They won't be stopping to reflect on life in the infamous favelas either.
So save me any sanctimonious claptrap from golf officialdom when the Scotts and Oosthuizens of this world decide this is a junket they can live without.
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!