De Jonge with­draws from Olympic golf tour­na­ment

Daily Trust - - WEEKLY GOLF DIGEST -

Zim­babwe’s Bren­don de Jonge has be­come the lat­est player to with­draw his name from con­sid­er­a­tion for this year’s Olympics, but ad­mits it is “truly a busi­ness de­ci­sion.”

While the likes of world No 1 Ja­son Day and four-time ma­jor win­ner Rory McIl­roy have cited con­cerns about the Zika virus for opt­ing out of com­pet­ing in Rio, De Jonge is more con­cerned about se­cur­ing his PGA Tour card for next sea­son.

“The rea­son for my de­ci­sion is not my con­cern about the Zika virus. It is truly a busi­ness de­ci­sion,” De Jonge said in a state­ment to GolfChan­ “It would have been a great hon­our to play for my coun­try.”

De Jonge is cur­rently 160th on the FedEx Cup points list and needs to fin­ish in the top 125 at the end of the sea­son to keep full play­ing rights. Com­pet­ing in Rio would mean miss­ing two PGA Tour events.

“I am truly dis­ap­pointed, but my cur­rent po­si­tion on the FedEx Cup points list does not al­low me the lux­ury to skip the John Deere Clas­sic or the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship,’ the 35-year-old added. “I must fin­ish in the top 125 to gain en­try into our FedEx Cup play­offs. This has to be a pri­or­ity for me and my fam­ily.”

De Jonge’s with­drawal means that Zim­babwe will not be rep­re­sented in Rio, but Spain’s Ser­gio Gar­cia has con­firmed that he will take up his place as golf re­turns to the Games for the first time since 1904.

Gar­cia wrote on Twit­ter: “I know there r some dan­gers but rep­re­sent­ing Spain, try­ing to make golf grow & be­com­ing an Olympian r too im­por­tant so I’ll be at @Olympics.”

Bren­don de Jonge

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