Steve Williams has just announced he will not be competing at this year’s Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Ok, not really, although given his chronic narcissism I wouldn’t rule out a separate statement in the coming weeks. Today Williams’ boss, the cooler and more handsome Australasian Adam Scott, announced he will be missing the Olympics because of a “busy schedule”.
This comes a week after Fiji’s Vijay Singh announced that he will not be playing because of fears about the Zika virus. Rory McIlroy is also set to miss Rio because “a dog ate his passport”, Jordan Spieth will be “stuck in traffic” and Rickie Fowler has that thing he needs to go to…”you know that thing, come on the thing we were just talking about!?”
This is a real blow for Golf Australia, can you imagine the potency of an Adam Scott/Jason Day partnership!
“My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule and other commitments, both personal and professional,”
Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt echoed a sentiment that has been felt by many down under, one of slight disappointment with the world number 7. Some thought his absence from all Australian tournaments this year was inexcusable, especially if you consider the recent death of the Australian Masters which is partly down to a lack of interest from players. In Scott’s defence his scheduling has been spot on for playing good golf this year.
“We’re obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he’s one of the best players in the world but we understand his position.”
It’s a hard one to judge the potential for a successful tournament at the Rio Olympics going on what we’ve been given. Will professionals take pride in competing for their country? I for one think Olympic golf will surprise everyone. The fervour we see during the Ryder Cup could rear its head as nationalist pride takes over and creates an atmosphere we rarely see on the golf course. Besides, who wouldn’t want to win golf’s first medal in 112 years?