Zach Johnson 'irritated' by Olympic golf

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• Zach Johnson bemoans Olympics messing up schedule
• "I've got a strong disdain for that," said the American
• Revealed he watched a lot of the Olympics - but no golf


Don’t count Zach Johnson in the bracket of golfers who were won over by watching golf at the Olympic Games.

In fact, the two-time major winner described the Olympics as ‘irritating’ in the way that it had messed up the usual PGA Tour schedule, with this year’s US PGA Championship brought forward to take place just two weeks after the Open.
"The fact that it put a kink in our schedule this year irritates me" - Zach Johnson

“The fact that it put a kink in our schedule this year irritates me,” Zach Johnson told the New York Post ahead of the start of the FedEx Cup, where he is currently ranked 50th. “To mess with the four tournaments that matter most because you’re at the Olympics, I’ve got a strong, strong disdain for that.”

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And to back up his views, the American – who triumphed over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a play-off to win the 2015 Open at St Andrews – revealed that he watched a lot of the Olympics, but didn’t watch a single minute of the golf.

“Oh, I didn’t watch golf,” added Johnson. “I’d rather watch the sports that should be in the Olympics. I’d rather watch the athletes who train for four years for that one week.

“I’d rather watch swimming and diving, track and field – the athletes that are relevant for one week. All of our athletes are relevant 24/7, 365 . I just don’t see the need for golf to be in the Olympics. Same thing with basketball. It’s relevant all the time. LeBron James, Kevin Durant? They’re relevant all the time.”

Zach Johnson :: Do you agree?

Do you agree with Zach Johnson that the Olympics simply messed with this year’s PGA Tour schedule? If so, what do you think should happen when Tokyo comes around in 2020? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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