Golf is all set to make its much awaited return to the Olympic Games in the summer of 2016 when the greatest show on Earth hits Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, but if it were up to him, former world number one Adam Scott would ensure only amateurs played in the event.
The Aussie golfer who is currently ranked at number 3 in the world doesn’t want the integrity of the Olympic Games to be diluted by the presence of professional golfers. Several well known sports columnists in Australia have voiced their opinion on the game’s professionals playing in the Olympic Games and that shouldn’t be the case. And now, Scott has come out in support of them.
Scott said that the Olympic Games was and should always for amateurs. Speaking at an event organised by the Australian PGA, the two time major winner said that people already get to watch the professional golfers for 45 of the 52 weeks in a calendar year.
Adam Scott added that these people have grown tired of seeing the same old faces week in and week out and if the golfing fraternity is serious about making the game popular and growing it into more territories, then they should ensure that only amateur golfers take part in the Olympic Games.
He however did mention that he does want to participate in the Games when they kick off in 2016; he said that his focus is mainly on other things, especially the four major tournaments of the year.
According to Adam Scott, the Games in Rio is not something he has given a lot of thought about but it definitely is something that he would love to be a part of, adding that his focus remains on the four majors and that will not change.