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New Zealand’s Danny Lee won’t play in Olympics

Kiwi cites need to boost his standing on PGA Tour and retain playing privileges for next season as reason to skip Tokyo Games

Confirmed: That he will not compete in the Summer Olympics, New Zealand’s Danny Lee, Golf New Zealand reported Monday. Lee cited a need to focus on the PGA Tour and improve his season standing. Lee ranks 173rd in the FedEx Cup standings and needs to finish among the top 125 to retain his playing privileges for next season. As the top-ranked New Zealander in the world, he stands 174th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Countryman Ryan Fox is No. 181. Lee tied for 27th in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “While Danny was very much looking forward to once again representing New Zealand and contesting for a medal in Tokyo, he has made the hard decision to focus his attention on retaining his playing rights on the PGA Tour for the 2021-2022 season,” Golf New Zealand said in a statement. Lee, 30, the 2008 U.S. Amateur champion, has won once on the PGA Tour and once on the European Tour. With Lee out, the Kiwis will have only one male and one female – Fox and Lydia Ko, respectively – competing in the Tokyo Games on July 23-Aug. 8. American Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-ranked player, said earlier this year that he will not compete in the Tokyo Games, citing a desire to focus on the PGA Tour schedule. American Brooks Koepka also has hinted that he will not play in the Olympics.

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