Catriona Matthew has lambasted the top men, including Rory McIlroy, for pulling out of the Olympics citing the zika virus and that it did not fit with his objectives of winning majors - "it is not my job to grow the game."

None of the British women's team have turned down the opportunity and Matthew said:

"It's disappointing if the women are painted with the same brush as the men when none of our top ones have pulled out. That's his opinion and he's entitled to it but I think it's a little harsh if he's not going to respect other golfers who are going."

Matthew, one of Britain's most successful British golfers, has discussed the issue with Candy Hanneman, a candidate for the Brazil team - "She said it's winter down there and there are not really many mosquitoes at that time. Her opinion was the media had been blowing it all out of proportion."

The Scotswoman, winner of the British Open in 2009 and a Solheim Cup star, was supported by Team GB Captain Jamie Spence who said the withdrawal of the top men was a missed opportunity adding:"Like Jack Nicklaus, I'd walk to play the Olympics!"

Charley Hull joins Matthew in the team. Justin Rose and Danny Willett have committed for the men, Rose saying he was unwavering in his support.

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