World number one Johnson to skip Tokyo Olympics

(Reuters) – World top Dustin Johnson verified on Saturday he did not put his name forward for an area on the U.S. group for this summertime’s Tokyo Olympics and will rather concentrate on the PGA Trip.

Johnson, who stated he had actually not provided the Olympics much idea, did not register to be consisted of in the swimming pool of golf players looking for among 4 possible berths.

As much as 4 gamers from a nation can receive the Summer seasons Games supplied all 4 remain in the leading 15 of the world rankings after the U.S. Open in June.

There are presently 11 Americans, consisting of Johnson, in the leading 15.

“I actually didn’t really ever decide whether I was going to play or not, I just didn’t sign up,” discussed Johnson following his 3rd round at the Players Champion in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Saturday.

“It’s right in the middle of a big stretch of golf for me, so that was the reason I was kind of waffling on it a little bit.

“It’s a long method to take a trip, and I believe WGC is the week right after it.

“The British is a couple weeks before it. It’s a lot of travelling at a time where it’s important for me to feel like I’m focused playing on the PGA Tour.”

The Olympic golf competition begins on July 29 simply 11 days after the last round of the British Open at Royal St. George.

The PGA Trip gets once again in the United States 4 days after the golf gold is granted with the $10.5 million WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

Right on the heels of that occasion are the FedEx Cup playoffs, won by Johnson in 2015, followed by the Ryder Cup.

With that stuffed schedule Johnson felt something needed to provide and for him it was a chance at an Olympic medal.

“I think if there was a little more time, especially if you weren’t trying to fly right from Tokyo to Memphis and play WGC, yeah, I obviously definitely would have thought about it a lot more,” stated the ruling Masters champ.

“If there was a little more space between there for sure.”

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Modifying by Toby Davis)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.