Dustin Johnson became the first American Olympic golfer to officially remove his name from consideration citing fears stemming from the Zika virus. DJ released a statement at 11:35 p.m. EST Friday night, making Tiger Woods’ 5 p.m. weekend news dumps look considerate by comparison.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 9, 2016
DJ, now ranked No. 2 in the world following back-to-back wins at the U.S. Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, was the top-ranked qualifying American.
As the team stands currently, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and now, Patrick Reed will represent the U.S.A. Spieth and Fowler have hedged their bets as it pertains to their participation, while Watson and now Reed have affirmed they will be in Rio regardless of what other bad news comes out of Brazil.
Patrick Reed is a national hero. He should run a third party campaign for president at this point. pic.twitter.com/WJmEQUuolQ
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) July 7, 2016
Get ready, rest of the world.