Scott barely interested in Olympic golf 'exhibition'

Thu May 14, 2015 11:49am EDT
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By Andrew Both

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Adam Scott considers Olympic golf to be an "exhibition" sport and is barely interested in competing at next year's Rio Summer Games, the former world number one told Reuters.

In fact, the 2013 Masters champion sounds like he would much prefer to lie on the couch and watch Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps add to their gold medal totals in Brazil even though golf will make its first appearance at the Olympics since 1904.

"I'm not definitely ruling it out but certainly I'm not planning my schedule around playing the Olympics,” Scott told Reuters at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

“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.

“But if not, I’m not going to miss it, that's for sure, and I'll enjoy watching (the major Olympic sports)."

Scott believes the focus of the Olympics should be on sports where winning a gold medal is the pinnacle, not an afterthought. He thinks the addition of sports such as tennis and golf are unwarranted.

“Whether I win an Olympic medal or not is not going to define my career or change whether I’ve fulfilled my career,” he continued. “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.”   Continued...

May 9, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports