Adam Scott Rules Himself Out of Olympics

The World Number 7 won't be competing in Rio

Adam Scott rules himself out of Olympics
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World Number 7 Adam Scott pulls out due to busy playing schedule and personal commitments

Adam Scott has announced that he will not compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The current World Number 7 put it down to scheduling issues and personal commitments.

The Australian team were one of the big favourites for gold with Adam Scott and World Number 1 Jason Day.

Marc Leishman looks favourite to take Scott's place.

Adam Scott Rio 2016 Olympic Games Golf Course

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Golf Course

Scott previously called golf in the Olympics an 'exhibition' but it is hard to see the other competitors looking at it that way - they will be giving their all to win an Olympic gold medal for their country - something a golfer hasn't been able to do for 112 years.

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“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,” said Scott.

“I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio.”

The current World Number 7 won the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship in back-to-back weeks in late February and early March.

Golf is in the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said the early decision would enable another medal contender to take his place.

“We’re obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he’s one of the best players in the world, but we understand his position,” Pitt said.

“This means one of our other elite players will get the chance and we’re more than happy that we will field a very strong team in Rio.

“We will have at least four great golfers compete for Australia in Brazil and we’re very excited for what that means to golf in this country and more broadly around the world.”

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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