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
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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