Adam Scott has opted not to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Scott is the second high-profile men’s golfer who has chosen not to represent his country when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years in August. Vijay Singh said earlier this week that he would not play for Fiji, citing the busy PGA Tour schedule and the ongoing Zika virus outbreak.
In explaining his decision, Scott echoed Singh’s scheduling concerns.
“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,” Scott said.
Golfers this year will play three major tournaments in the space of seven weeks, with the Olympics arriving just two weeks after the PGA Championship.
While Singh, 53, hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2008, Scott is the seventh-ranked player in the world and would have been a strong medal contender at the Rio Games. Scott and countryman Jason Day, who recently ascended to the World No. 1 ranking, would have made a formidable duo, but the next highest ranked Australian is Marc Leishman, ranked 34th in the world. Leishman last won on the PGA Tour in 2012.
The news is not entirely surprising: Scott had previously made comments suggesting that he was not enthusiastic about the prospect of squeezing a trip to Brazil into a summer schedule already packed with important tournaments.