Adam Scott: Olympic Golf Better Served if Amateurs Compete

Adam Scott, one of the first big name golfers to bail on the Olympic Summer Games in Rio, said today that the whole idea of millionaire golfers competing in the Olympics was a recipe for failure.

“If I think back to when I was 16 or 17 years old and a promising golfer, making the Olympics would be something that I’d want to do very much and also be a very big deal,” Scott said Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “I think having a young golfer aspire to be an Olympian is more realistic as an amateur than a professional. It’s just not going to happen for many as a professional, especially the way the qualification system works at the moment.”

Scott also said the format is in need of some tweaking too.

The planned format for Olympic golf is 72-hole individual stroke play, which is what the PGA Tour plays each and every weekend

Scott suggested some kind of team type format, like the Ryder Cup or President’s Cup, to make it more interesting.

“I think they should change the format, for sure,” Scott said. “Just having another 72-hole golf tournament with a weaker-than-most field doesn’t really pique my interest.”

SOURCES: GOLF CHANNEL | GOLF DIGEST

PGW Staff

This post was produced by a Pro Golf Weekly staff member.

Add comment

Advertisement

IT’S FREE. NO CATCH.

Like Us On Facebook

Up Next On Tour

DATES 5/24-5/27
TOUR PGA
EVENT Forth Worth Invitational
COURSE Colonial Country Club
LOCALE Forth Worth, Texas
TV GOLF/CBS
PURSE $7,100,000
WIN SHARE $1,250,000
DEFENDING Kevin Kisner
-----------------
TOUR European
EVENT BMW PGA Championship
COURSE Wentworth Club
LOCALE Surrey, England
TV GOLF
PURSE $7,000,000
WIN SHARE $1,041,000
DEFENDING Alex Noren
-----------------
TOUR LPGA
EVENT Volvik Championship
COURSE Travis Pointe Country Club
LOCALE Ann Arbor, Michigan
TV GOLF
PURSE $1,300,000
WIN SHARE $195,000
DEFENDING Shanshan Feng
-----------------
TOUR CHAMPIONS
EVENT KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
COURSE Golf Club at Harbor Shores
LOCALE Benton Harbor, Michigan
TV GOLF/NBC
PURSE $2,800,000
WIN SHARE $504,000
DEFENDING Bernhard Langer