Dustin Johnson confirms he will NOT play in the 2020 Olympics

DJ rules himself out of flying the flag for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics this July. 

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Mon, 2 Mar 2020

Dustin Johnson confirms he will NOT play in the 2020 Olympics

Dustin Johnson's manager has told Golfweek he will not compete in the Olympic Golf tournament in Tokyo this July, instead wanting to focus his efforts on the FedEx Cup Playoffs. 

The men's golf tournament in Tokyo tees off on July 30, which falls 11 days after The Open at Royal St George's and 11 days before the start of the first FedEx Cup Playoff event at the Northern Trust in Boston.

"Dustin gave the Olympics a great deal of thought and we discussed the pros and cons of him participating at length," Johnson's manager David Winkle told Golfweek

"At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference and priority. As much as he would be honored to be an Olympian, the FedEx Cup Playoffs are also very important to him.

"Having had a few close calls in the Playoffs, he really wants to win them before his time is done and feels that he wouldn’t be giving himself the best opportunity to do so if he added lengthy international trip just prior to their beginning (and shortly after returning from two weeks in Europe)."

With the United States' stance in the Official World Golf Rankings, a total of four players will get the chance to represent the stars and stripes.

Brooks Koepka has explained he is thinking about whether to compete. 

"We’ll see where everything else falls," said Koepka. 

Should Koepka withdraw from the tournament then it would be left for Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler to fight out the remaining four positions in the team.