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Dustin Johnson will skip Olympics, report says

Citing an email from Johnson’s agent, Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch reports that the American, who is No. 5 in the world, will tailor his schedule around the PGA Tour season

Dustin Johnson will not play in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, should he qualify, and instead focus on the PGA Tour schedule, Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch reported. David Winkle, Johnson’s manager, wrote to Lynch in an email: “As much as he would be honored to be an Olympian, the FedEx Cup Playoffs are also very important to him.” Johnson is expected to compete in the British Open, which will be held July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. Men’s golf at the Tokyo Games is scheduled July 30-Aug. 2 at Kasumigaseki Golf Club. The PGA Tour's playoffs begin two weeks after the Olympics. Johnson ranks No. 5 in the world and, as the third-highest American, behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, is on track to earn a place on the U.S. team. Koepka recently suggested that he has yet to put the Olympics on his schedule, saying: “We’ll see where everything else falls.” Because of the growing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, Olympic officials face a shrinking window of time for a decision. One official recently suggested that if the games are affected by the outbreak, there is no reasonable Plan B. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, many players skipped golf’s return to the games after a 112-year absence because of concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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