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Olympics No Certainty For Scott

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Picture this: Adam Scott and Jason Day, two of the world’s top 15 players, qualify to represent Australia in the Olympics as golf returns to the games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Only Scott says, “No thanks.”

The genial Aussie, whose past public comments have branded him lukewarm on Olympic golf at best, suggested Wednesday that he might opt for down time instead of a trip to Rio next August.

“I’ve been pretty open and outspoken that it’s not really a priority of my scheduling next year, which is based around the majors, and if the Olympics fits in, then it does,” Scott said as he prepared for the Australian Masters. “There is a gap in the schedule there. … Some time off looks quite good, actually.”

Scott also criticized the Olympics’ 72-hole stroke-play format, saying organizers missed an opportunity to be more creative.

“Some kind of team event, even a mixed-team event with the guys and the girls. … I think that could have generated some real electricity,” he said.

Granted, pro golf’s calendar next July and August will make scheduling a challenge for the pro game’s elite, what with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the Open Championship, the PGA Championship and the Olympics all taking place within a seven-week span. And Scott is entitled to his opinions.

But come on, Aussie. It’s the Olympics. They may not have the same mystique they did before pro athletes took over, but a gold medal still means something.

My hope – and suspicion – is that Scott will have a change of heart before next summer.


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