Dustin Johnson is the first American golfer to withdraw from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He made this statement on Friday, siting his concerns about the Zika virus and the welfare of his family:
“As an athlete, I can think of no greater honor than representing the United States in the Olympic Games. However, after much careful consideration and discussion with both my family and my team, I have made the decision to withdraw from the 2016 Olympic Games,” he explained.
“This was not an easy decision for me, but my concerns about the Zika Virus cannot be ignored. Paulina and I plan to have more children in the near future, and I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself, her or our family at risk. I believe I am making the right decision for me and most importantly, my family. While I am sure some will be critical of my decision, my hope is that most will understand and support it. That being said, those who choose to compete in Rio certainly have my respect and best wishes for an unforgettable and safe experience.”
DJ is pulling out of the Olympics so he doesn’t have to pull out in bed.
All cheekiness aside, Dustin Johnson pulling out of Rio is a heartbreak for any American fan, especially with DJ climbing the World leaderboard as fast as he has.
Thankfully Rickie Fowler has committed to the field and is pumped to represent the land of the free.
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) July 10, 2016
As of right now, with the withdrawal of DJ, the U.S. Team consists of Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed. If Jordan decides to withdraw, none of the top 4 players in the world would be going to Rio.
Here’s to hoping the Team is set and America can bring home the first gold in golf since 1904.