Dustin Johnson To Skip Olympic Games In Tokyo

The American is giving the Olympics a miss to focus on winning the FedEx Cup

Dustin Johnson To Skip Olympic Games
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The American is giving the Olympics a miss to focus on winning the FedEx Cup

Dustin Johnson To Skip Olympic Games In Tokyo

Dustin Johnson has become the first golfer to announce that they are skipping the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The former World No.1, who also skipped the 2016 Olympics in Rio, is opting to give the Games a miss to prioritise winning the FedEx Cup.

“Dustin gave the Olympics a great deal of thought and we discussed the pros and cons of him participating at length,” DJ's manager David Winkle told Golfweek (opens in new tab) via email.

“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 a lengthy international trip just prior to their beginning (and shortly after returning from two weeks in Europe).”

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The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin two weeks after the Olympics, which takes place in Tokyo the week after the Open Championship.

The news gives a huge boost to Tiger Woods' hopes of competing at Kasumigaseki Golf Club, where the top four Americans will compete (due to the USA having more than two players in the World's top 15).

Woods has already stated his intentions to play for Team USA but has work to do to qualify as the seventh-highest American in the Official World Golf Ranking, albeit he is essentially bumped up to six in terms of Olympic qualification due to DJ's withdrawal.

It is set to be a strong field with Rory McIlroy also planning to play and represent Ireland.

Brooks Koepka's participation isn't as clear, however, after he recently said that the Majors and FedEx Cup were more important to him than the Olympics.

After DJ's withdrawal, don't be surprised if Koepka does the same.

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Let's hope this isn't the start of more high profile withdrawals, after the 2016 Games saw the likes of DJ, then-World No.1 Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace all pull out.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x