PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla (AP) — One yr later didn’t make Dustin Johnson change his thoughts. He’s not going to the Olympics.
Johnson didn’t wish to go to Tokyo a yr in the past, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic led to a one-year delay, due to a crammed summer season schedule and his need to remain contemporary for the PGA Tour’s postseason that culminates with the FedEx Cup.
He gained the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize for the primary time.
Johnson stated he didn’t put ahead his identify to be among the many most of 4 People who can play within the Olympics. The Masters champion is No. 1 on this planet. Nations can have as many as 4 gamers offered they’re among the many high 15 on this planet rating on June 21, the day after the U.S. Open.
Johnson is now not a part of the Olympic rating.
“I actually didn’t assume a lot about it. I really didn’t actually ever resolve whether or not I used to be going to play or not, I simply didn’t enroll,” Johnson stated Saturday. “However it’s proper in the midst of an enormous stretch of golf for me, in order that was the rationale I used to be form of waffling on it a bit bit.”
The lads’s competitors begins on July 29. That’s 11 days after the British Open at Royal St. George’s in England, and a World Golf Championship, which Johnson has gained, is the week after the Olympics.
Two weeks later, the PGA Tour phases three straight postseason occasions ending with the Tour Championship. And three weeks later, he has the Ryder Cup.
“It’s an extended strategy to journey,” Johnson stated. “It’s a whole lot of touring at a time the place it’s vital for me to really feel like I’m targeted taking part in on the PGA Tour.”
Johnson stated he might need thought extra about taking part in if there was more room within the schedule.
He signed up for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, golf’s return after a 112-year absence, solely to drag out together with a number of others over considerations in regards to the Zika virus.
Jon Rahm presently is the No. 1 participant within the Olympic rating, with each intention of going for Spain.
“It’s an honor to be an Olympian. That’s all I can say,” Rahm stated. “So long as I can compete, I’ll be there.”
Even with Johnson taking part in, the People nonetheless have 10 different gamers among the many high 15 with three months — and three majors — remaining earlier than qualifying ends.
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