AKRON, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is planning to play in the Olympics, and he said a meeting with USA Golf helped clear up a few concerns.
Johnson said the Zika virus was discussed only briefly. The meat of the meeting was about security.
“I think they’ve got it covered pretty well,” Johnson said.
The meeting had been planned long before Rory McIlroy and Jason Day pulled out of the Olympics in the past week, both citing concerns about the Zika virus. USA Golf is the national governing body for golf in the United States.
“I thought the meeting was good,” Johnson said. “It cleared up a lot of things. Still waiting to hear back on a couple things that all four of us had a concern about, but we’ll have some answers early next week. At this point I’m going to go to the Olympics and represent my country, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The meeting was for the four eligible players – Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. Countries are allowed as many as four players in Rio provided they are among the top 15 in the world. Fowler has the lowest ranking at No. 7.
Spieth said he was “uncertain “and that there were “quite a few different factors that would turn somebody away from going.”
“I personally have not received enough information that would allow me to make a confident decision either way at this point, so it’ll be as we gather further information I’ll be able to lean one way or the other, and when I feel confident on either side, I’ll make the choice,” he said.
“I just don’t have a lot of information yet, and I will by next week, I think, have a significant amount more.”