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Dustin Johnson to snub 2021 Olympics – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to the news that Dustin Johnson won’t be competing at the 2021 Olympics. Johnson skipped the 2016 Olympics, and has now removed himself from 2021 Tokyo, saying

“It’s right in the middle of a big stretch of golf for me, so that was the reason I was kind of waffling on it a little bit. It’s a lot of traveling at a time where it’s important for me to feel like I’m focused playing on the PGA Tour.”

Johnson added that he would definitely have considered competing at the event had there been more time between tournaments. 

Our members have been sharing their thoughts on DJ’s decision, with some mixed opinions floating about in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Justsomeguy: “If he’s being honest with himself, he’ll regret it one day. Too unique of an opportunity. Everybody remembers Justin Rose won gold. He’s already rich and top of the class. I could see it being a harder decision if he was really just starting to make a name and needed to play x tourneys to keep his card.”
  • Bye: “I think he has made a smart decision. The end of the season is busy, especially if the Ryder Cup goes ahead. Flying to the UK for the Open, then on to the Olympics, back for the close of the season.”
  • miamistomp: “It is an honor to represent your country in the Olympics- that is universal Casual watchers don’t give a rat’s butt over Ryder or Prez cup. DJ ain’t hurting for money- Would not care if he never wins again.”
  • MattuO1984: “Good on DJ for coming out and saying that he is not going to play. I can’t see that a gold medal is going to make much of a difference in his career. A nice footnote or and also section but nothing more than that. It’s cool that golf is in the Olympics, but last time around, I paid little to no attention to it, and I suspect that it will be the same this time around.”

Entire Thread: “Dustin Johnson to snub 2021 Olympics”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Keep it amateur

    Apr 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    The Olympics is no longer what it was intended to be, an amateur event showcasing people from around the world. It is now a 2 year rotating event showcasing professionals of professional sports. I haven’t tuned in except to watch Phelps in his last Olympic and am a crazy avid gold watcher and had no idea and no care that Justin rose won gold.

  2. Tell the Truth

    Mar 17, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Kuchar sucks big donkey….#don’tdeletethetruth…

  3. A

    Mar 15, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    every pro athlete should not go to olympics. its past its prime. let it be an amateur event or for those without a major professionla league.

    dj will do the pr thing and blame travel, etc, but the reality is no one cares about olympics in the game of golf

  4. Madeline Morgan

    Mar 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    The Olympics have become a joke as has the entire concept of amateur athletics. With professional golf/hockey/baseball/basketball/tennis/soccer players all competing, The Games have devolved into nothing more than a chase after star power and TV ratings and the money it generates. Johnson is a professional whose job is to play golf for money and he shouldn’t be denounced simply for being honest about why he shows up for work.

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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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