Louis Oosthuizen set to miss Tokyo 2020

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US Open runner-up Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed that he won't be representing South Africa at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

Oosthuizen took to social media saying that the decision was very difficult to make and although he would have been honoured to represent South Africa, he was going to focus on the rest of the golf season in the United States as well as honouring family commitments. 

"Qualifying for the Olympics is a humbling accomplishment and there’s no greater honour than representing your country, so it has been a very difficult decision for me, my team and my family to withdraw from playing in Tokyo," Oosthuizen said on Twitter.

"I am focussed on finishing a strong Fed Ex Cup season in the States, in addition to honouring family commitments with the new life we are building at the farm. Family has always been my core and this is the best decision for us at this time in our lives. My best are with the South Africans competing. We will be cheering you on!" he added.

The Olympics get underway on Friday, 23 July with the golf tournament starting on 29 July and running till 1 August. 

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