Dustin Johnson will skip the men’s Olympic golf tournament outside of Tokyo this summer, becoming the first highly ranked player to take a pass on the event.
Johnson’s agent, David Winkle, confirmed the decision first reported by Golfweek.
Ranked fifth in the world, Johnson was in line to be one of four Americans eligible for the 60-player tournament scheduled to begin on July 30. Winkle cited the condensed PGA Tour schedule and Johnson’s desire to be prepared for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin a short time after the Olympics, as his reasons for skipping the Games.
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