Adam Scott will not play in the Olympic Games.
The world No.7 says scheduling and family commitments will prevent him from giving his utmost to Australia’s Games tilt as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.
“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 today.
“I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio.”
Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said the early decision would enable another medal contender to take his place.
“We’re obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he’s one of the best players in the world, but we understand his position,” Pitt said.
“This means one of our other elite players will get the chance and we’re more than happy that we will field a very strong team in Rio.
“We will have at least four great golfers compete for Australia in Brazil and we’re very excited for what that means to golf in this country and more broadly around the world.”