Not even a one-year postponement, due to Covid, helped him change his mind. Dustin Johnson, number 1 in world golf, confirms: “I won’t be at the Tokyo Olympics”.
Dustin Johnson, Tokyo Olympics
The American, engaged this week in The Players Championship, an event of the PGA Tour, reiterated what had already been announced in March 2020, explaining that he will prefer to focus on the season finale of the top American circuit. For the second consecutive edition (he did not even go to Rio de Janeiro 2016, because he was afraid of the Zika virus), he will therefore also miss the Japanese Games which will therefore not have the strongest golfer of the moment. This frees up a place in the US where there are 11 players (including Johnson) among the best 15 in the world ranking.
The 2021 of world golf has started in the name of US professionals and projets. In both men and women, there will be a show challenge between US athletes to win a pass for the Tokyo Olympics where there will be 120 participants, 60 men and 60 women.
The qualification criteria speak for themselves: the first 15 classified in the world order of merit, with a maximum of 4 per nation, will win a ticket for the Games. The others will then be chosen from the sixteenth place onwards, but those who already have at least two qualified athletes among the top 15 will not be entitled to any additional places. In any case, at least one athlete will be guaranteed for each continent Among the men to date there are 11 Americans in the Top 15. But the surprise is in the women’s field where the Americans – usually dealing with strong Asian players – have won the first three tournaments of the LPGA Tour 2021. And in the world ranking they are five Americans present among the best 15. In third place is Nelly Korda, in fifth Danielle Kang. And then in the tenth Lexi Thompson with Jennifer Kupcho twelfth and Austin Ernst (fresh from the success at the Drive On Championship) fourteenth. A real fight at home in the US to conquer the Olympic dream. The qualifiers for the men will end on June 21, and a week later, on the 28, the women’s qualifiers. With the big players who will take to the field on the greens of the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe (Saitama) from 29 July to 1 August. While the queens of golf will compete for the gold medal from 4 to 7 August.
For the first time since 1993, Phil Mickelson is out of the ranking of the best 100 golfers in the world. After 1,425 weeks, it is the end of an era for the US and men’s golf. Fifty years old in June 2020, “Lefty” dropped this week from 98th to 101st position (1.4123 points) in the world ranking. Among the most successful players around, in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Mickelson has racked up 44 wins on the PGA Tour (figure including five majors) without yet having managed to complete the Grand Slam (he finished six times second in the US Open, unique Major who failed to win).
Leading the ranking (with 11.9991 points) is always Dustin Johnson and the top five remained unchanged while Bryson DeChambeau, with his success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (PGA Tour) in Florida, jumped from 11th to sixth position (7.1216 ) relegating Tyrrell Hatton to 7th place (6.4721). Step forward for Patrick Reed, from 9° to 8° (6.3524). Patrick Cantlay backs off, from 7° to 9° (6.3522). While out of the top ten players Rory McIlroy, eighth before Arnold Palmer and now 11° (6.3098). Francesco Molinari loses one position, from 91° to 92° (1.4923) after the first exit at the cut of 2021 arrived at Arnold Palmer.