• That's the view of Scott's fellow Aussie Marcus Fraser
• "I feel like I represent Australia every week," said Scott
ADAM SCOTT | MARCUS FRASER | THE OLYMPICS
Criticism of Adam Scott’s decision to skip the Olympic Games has been branded ‘absolute garbage’ by compatriot Marcus Fraser.
Scott was the second player to announce he wouldn’t be making the trip to Rio de Janeiro – citing a busy playing schedule – with South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel following suit.
And Fraser, who now stands a great chance of playing following Marc Leishman’s withdrawal, jumped straight to the defence of the 2013 Masters champion.
“The Olympics is not the pinnacle of our sport. One day it might be, but at the moment the majors are,” Fraser told the Herald Sun. “The longer golf spends in the Olympics it may be regarded more highly. But for Adam Scott to be criticised ... I think it’s absolute garbage.
“You couldn’t have a prouder Australian than Adam Scott. Someone who holes a putt to win the Masters and yells out ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’. It’s pretty clear the way he thinks.”
And speaking ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship – his first event since pulling out of the Games – Scott outlined his reasons for giving Rio a miss.
“The tough part was to choose not to represent Australia, I guess, but I feel like I do that every week,” he said. “I've lived my life representing Australia. I feel I've tried to do the best job I can of that. Of course not everyone will understand my decision or like it, but not everyone's in my position. This is something I'm not willing to sacrifice some family time for.
“I'll be back in Australia to play at the end of the year. I'm far from abandoning my country.”
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