Adam Scott: Olympic Golf Better Served if Amateurs Compete

Adam Scott said today that Olympic golf would be better off if limited to amateurs and a team format. Credit: Sporting News

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.”



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