If the Rio 2016 Olympic Games started tomorrow, Adam Scott and Jason Day would represent Australia on the country’s golf team.
However, Scott has made it known once again that he has absolutely no desire to compete.
In an interview with Reuters this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, Scott referred to the Olympics as an “exhibition,” and said that golf doesn’t need to be an Olympic sport.
“Whether I win an Olympic medal or not is not going to define my career or change whether I’ve fulfilled my career,” Scott said. “It’s nothing I’ve ever aspired to do and I don’t think I ever will. It’s all about the four majors and I think that’s the way it should stay for golf.”
“To go and play an exhibition event down there to meet some athletes (in other sports) in the middle of the major season, I don’t think any other athletes in their sport would do that.”
Breaking; Adam Scott will not represent his country at golf in the Olympics, however he does plan to do pole vault with his putter. Lovely.
— Tweeter Alliss (@TweeterAlliss) May 15, 2015
So wait, if Scott makes the cut for the Australian Olympic team he wouldn’t play?
“I’m not definitely ruling it out but certainly I’m not planning my schedule around playing the Olympics,” Scott said. “I’m planning my schedule around playing majors the best I can. If I can fit going to the Olympics into that, it might be a bit of fun, then lucky me if I qualify.”
Here was Rickie Fowler back in January, when he was asked about the prospect of becoming an Olympian:
Clearly, Rickie’s take is different than what Scott thinks. Will other golfers eventually come out and agree with him?
On one hand, it’s kind of refreshing to hear a pro athlete speak his mind, and not mince words when it comes to voicing such a strong opinion – even if that opinion is an outlier. On the other hand however, it is a little off-putting to hear a pro athlete so quickly dismiss an event as huge as the Olympics, when there’s millions and millions of people who could only ever dream of competing on that world stage.
We doubt Scott is the only professional golfer to feel this way. Yes, what matters most on the calendar each year are the four majors. But surely, an Olympic Gold Medal is nothing to sneeze at, no? Also keep in mind that 2016 is the first time golf will be an Olympic sport since 1904. To win the first Gold Medal in golf would surely be considered an incredible accomplishment.
Scott is absolutely allowed to have his opinion, and we commend him for speaking his mind. We do hope that if he makes the cut he’ll represent his country – not doing so would probably not be a good look.
So what do you think of all this? Do you agree with Scott, or do you think having golf back in the Olympics is a big deal? We want to hear your take. Leave us a comment below, hit us up on social media, or upload a video to your channel and tell us what you think.