TROON, Scotland – If the 2016 Olympics were in Tokyo instead of Rio, Dustin Johnson would be competing.
Johnson was asked Wednesday at The Open if he would have competed in this year’s Games had they been contested at the 2020 venue instead of Rio, where the Zika virus has scared away several top-name male players.
“Yeah. I mean, I wanted to go play, but just for me at the end of the day, me and [finance] Paulina [Gretzky], we're going to have more kids,” Johnson said. “I know the risk is very low, but if something were to happen, I'd never forgive myself for that.”
Johnson, the current world No. 2, released a statement late Friday night that said he would not be part of Team USA, citing concerns over the health of him and his family.
He reiterated that statement at Royal Troon and said he had discussed the matter with Jordan Spieth, who withdrew on Monday.
“I had talked to Jordan on Thursday maybe just to see like where he was at and what he was thinking,” Johnson said.
“But for me, it just came down to my family's more important. So that was the biggest decision for me. It was all family. So me and my team just sat down, and I made the decision ultimately.”