Both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth touched down in Rio today to rehearse for TV commentary roles.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth touched down in Rio today ahead of the Olympic Games which start on Friday.  Neither man is competing in the Games due to fears over the Zika Virus but TV viewers will be delighted at the news that they will get see and hear both men all four days of the tournament as they take up new roles as TV analysts on the course.

McIlroy who is reportedly earning $6 million from the BBC for his services was looking forward to a week with the microphone in hand.

"Obviously I'd love to be out there playing myself but the risk from Zika was too great, but working on the course for the BBC is the next best thing," McIlroy told reporters. "I get to experience the Olympic atmosphere first hand and be like David Feherty for the week!"

Jordan Spieth will join Johnny Miller and Geoff Shackelford in the Golf Channel booth for the tournament which starts on August 11th.

"I'm going to be a lot more nervous talking about my fellow players than I would be if I was out there playing," said Spieth. "But it's really cool being behind the camera in the booth perched high over the 18th green alongside this stagnant pond. The bright TV lights really attract the insects but the guys here are so professional; they just pretend they're not there. It's so cool."

More as it emerges.




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