Van Zyl Ditches British Open, PGA Championship For Olympics

July 7, 2016

While many professional golfers have ditched Olympic golf consideration in order to focus on their professional tournaments, families and health, one player is doing just the opposite.

South African Jaco Van Zyl has actually withdrawn from two majors, the British Open and the PGA Championship, to focus on the Olympic golf competition, according to Sport24, a South African news site.

Within the report Van Zyl says, “I have been at it almost non-stop since I returned to golf last January. I’ve had a jam-packed season this year, including a lot of traveling between continents…I decided to forego the majors in July in favor of the Olympics.”

“I expect that there will be a camp that will criticize me for withdrawing from the majors,” he continued. “But I feel very passionate about golf’s debut at the Olympics.”

Van Zyl would go on to disagree with Rory McIlroy’s sentiment that professional golfers play “four Olympics” each year at the major championships. Van Zyl’s departure from the British Open actually opened the door for former No. 1 Luke Donald.