Zach Johnson: I didn't watch Olympic golf

"I'd rather watch sports that should be in Olympics," says 2015 Open champion.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016

When the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo swings around, do not expect Zach Johnson to be competing for a gold medal.

Johnson, 40, admits he did not even give golf's 112-year return to the Games in Rio a chance as he refused to watch a single shot. 

Team GB's Justin Rose won the gold medal, with Sweden's Henrik Stenson in silver and Johnson's United States compatriot Matt Kuchar in bronze.

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"I didn't watch golf," said Johnson, who followed Rory McIlroy in defending the Olympic golf withdrawals.

"I'd rather watch the sports that should be in the Olympics. I'd rather watch the athletes who train for four years for that one week.

"I'd rather watch swimming and diving, track and field - the athletes that are relevant for one week.

"All of our [golf] athletes are relevant 24-7, 365. I just don't see the need for golf to be in the Olympics."

The only way Johnson would show some support to golf in the Olympics is if amateurs played, and if the tournament existed in a team format.

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