PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson stated Saturday that he won’t take part within the males’s Olympic golf event in Tokyo this summer time.
Citing the hectic schedule that surrounds this 12 months’s Summer season Video games, postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson — the reigning FedEx Cup champion — stated he prefers to focus on the PGA Tour.
“It is proper in the course of a giant stretch of golf for me, in order that was the explanation I used to be form of waffling on it just a little bit,” Johnson stated from the Gamers Championship, the place he’s out of competition. “It is a lengthy solution to journey, and I believe the WGC [World Golf Championship event] is the week proper after it. The British is a pair weeks earlier than.
“It is numerous touring at a time the place it is essential to really feel like I am centered taking part in on the PGA Tour.”
Johnson is the primary American to announce he won’t compete within the Olympics, which is able to take two gamers per nation — however as much as 4 for any nation that has gamers ranked among the many high 15 on this planet on the conclusion of the U.S. Open. There are at the moment 11 Individuals ranked within the high 15.
The Open at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, is scheduled to finish July 18, with the lads’s Olympic golf event starting simply 11 days later, on July 29, and concluding on Aug. 1. The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled to start days later, on Aug. 5.
Two weeks later, the three-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs start. The Ryder Cup, just like the Olympics, was additionally postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
“I believe if there was just a little extra time, particularly when you weren’t attempting to fly proper from Tokyo to Memphis and play the WGC, I positively would have considered it much more,” Johnson stated. “It was extra just a little more room between there, for positive.”
Johnson, who will defend his Masters title subsequent month, had additionally determined final 12 months to not compete within the 2020 Olympics, earlier than the postponement.