Adam Scott will likely be representing Australia at golf’s Olympic debut in Rio in 2016, but if it were up to him, he would happily give up his place to the amateurs.
In an interview during the official Australian PGA kickoff dinner Dec. 11, Scott echoed comments by American Boo Weekley, saying that a better way to grow the game of golf would be to invite only amateurs to compete at the Olympics, instead of the current format of 64 top professionals.
“People watch us (as pros) play 45 weeks a year,” Scott said. “If you really wanted to grow the game you’d have the Olympics for amateurs.”
Scott said that while he admired the Olympics ideals for elevating the game of golf, his focus wasn’t going to shift from performing at the four majors in 2015.
“The Olympics will not be my priority,” Scott said. “I’ll prefer going to see the guys running fast.”