Brendon de Jonge became the 13th player to withdraw his name from consideration for this year’s Olympics, but unlike the other players who will skip because of concerns about the Zika virus the Zimbabwean cited job security for his decision.
“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 GolfChannel.com. “It would have been a great honor to play for my country.”
De Jonge is currently 160th on the FedEx Cup points list and would have to miss key events near season’s end, which could keep him from finishing in the top 125 and maintaining his PGA Tour card.
“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,” de Jonge said. “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 this year’s Olympics, although de Jonge said the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee wished him well and said it would continue to support his career.
Olympic teams will be determined based on the Official World Golf Ranking on July 11. The men's Olympic golf competition will be Aug. 11-14.