Adam Scott shuns golf's Olympics return

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• Adam Scott has ruled himself out of competing at the Olympics
• Has cited an 'extremely busy playing schedule' as the main reason
• But he's been very critical of golf's inclusion in the Games


Adam Scott has announced that he will not be participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in August, citing an ‘extremely busy playing schedule’.

The Aussie’s decision comes almost a year after he slammed golf’s inclusion at Rio de Janeiro, saying that winning an Olympic gold medal is ‘nothing that I’ve ever aspired to do and I don’t think I ever will’.

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A statement released by Scott read: “My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional.

“I have informed the Australian Team Captain and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic Team the very best of luck in Rio.”


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Scott, whose next PGA Tour event is the Wells Fargo Championship (May 5-8) followed by the Players Championship a week later, follows Vijay Singh as the only players so far to pull out of the Olympics. When asked why, the Fijian said: “I’d like to play the Olympics, but the Zika virus, you know, and all that crap.”

Fellow Aussie Jason Day is keen to tee it up in Rio de Janeiro but bemoaned its positioning in the 2016 schedule, while many other players have been fully supportive of golf’s inclusion in the Games.

Tiger Woods called it ‘very important’, Jordan Spieth has described it as ‘like a fifth major’, Henrik Stenson said it would be ‘amazing to be a part of’, while Lee Westwood said he’d ‘come around’ to the idea after initially being against it.

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