Auckland: New Zealand golfer Danny Lee (Pixel) Golf New Zealand decided Monday to skip the rescheduled Olympics this year to focus on keeping their PGA Tour card for next season.
Lee, who finished 27th at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is currently ranked 192 in the PGA Tour Rankings and needs to finish in the Top 125 by the end of August to retain his rights to play for the next season.
The 30-year-old South Korean-born has missed eight cuts in 16 events and has only collected twice from the top 25 events this season. He finished 21st at the Valspar Championships in Florida on Sunday.
The Golf New Zealand statement said: “After careful consideration and much deliberation, New Zealander Danny Lee made the difficult decision to make himself unavailable to choose for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
“While Danny was desperate to represent New Zealand again and compete for a medal in Tokyo, he made the difficult decision to focus his attention on retaining his rights to play in the PGA Tour for the 2021/2022 season.”
Lee’s decision means that Ryan Fox and Lydia Coe will be the only New Zealand golfers at the Tokyo Games from July 23 to August 8. Reuters