Former world No.1 Dustin Johnson will skip this year's Tokyo Olympics to focus on the PGA Tour's season-ending playoffs, his manager has told Golfweek.
Johnson, who withdrew from the Rio Games over concerns about the Zika virus, is the first highly-ranked player to take a pass on the 2020 Olympics, an event that has had a shadow cast over it because of the spreading coronavirus.
"Dustin gave the Olympics a great deal of thought and we discussed the pros and cons of him participating at length," his manager David Winkle said in Monday's report.
"At the end of the day, it's a matter of personal preference and priority.
"As much as he would be honoured to be an Olympian, the FedEx Cup playoffs are also very important to him."
Johnson, the fifth-ranked player in the world, was in position to be one of the four American golfers in the field for the July 30 – August 2 men's Olympic golf tournament but the former US Open champion does not want to overextend himself.
"As much as he would be honoured to be an Olympian, the FedEx Cup playoffs are also very important to him." – David Winkle, Dustin Johnson’s manager
The 35-year-old, will compete in the July 16-19 Open Championship while the first PGA Tour play-off event begins on August 13 in Boston, 11 days after the men's tournament in Tokyo ends.
Asked about the Olympics at the beginning of the year, Johnson said he wasn't sure how his schedule would be.
"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," Winkle said.
Johnson nearly won the playoffs in 2016 until he lost the 54-hole lead and the FedEx Cup when Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship.
There are still three majors, The Players Championship and a World Golf Championship – all offering big ranking points – before qualifying ends on June 21 after the US Open.
The leading four Americans currently are Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson – followed by Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods.