AUCKLAND: New Zealand Golfer Danny Lee (pix) has decided to skip the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics this year to focus on maintaining its PGA Tour card for next season, Golf New Zealand said Monday.
Lee, who finished 27th at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is currently 192nd in the PGA Tour standings and must finish in the top 125 by the end of August to retain his playing rights for next season.
The 30-year-old South Korean player has missed eight cups in 16 events and has collected just two top 25s this season. He finished 21st at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Sunday.
“After careful consideration and much deliberation, New Zealander Danny Lee has made the difficult decision to make himself unavailable for selection for the Tokyo Olympics,” said a statement from Golf New Zealand.
“While Danny was very excited to represent New Zealand again and compete for a medal in Tokyo, he made the difficult decision to focus his attention on maintaining his playing rights on the PGA Tour for the 2021 season. / 2022. “
Lee’s decision means Ryan Fox and Lydia Ko will be the only New Zealand golfers in Tokyo for the Games from July 23 to August 8. – Reuters