Adam Scott: Golf would benefit more with amateurs in Olympics

Adam Scott

Adam Scott hopes to be part of the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years in 2016, but also believes the sport would gain more if he wasn’t eligible for the Rio Games.

“People watch us [as pros] play 45 weeks a year,” Scott said, according to the Courier-Mail in Australia. “If you really wanted to grow the game you’d have the Olympics for amateurs.”

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, is ranked No. 3 in the world. He is a heavy favorite to qualify to be part of the 60-golfer field in Rio, though today’s rankings mean very little in the qualification process.

“Rio is not something I’ve thought a lot about, but it is something I have a desire to be part of,” Scott said, according to the report.

Scott also said his primary focus in 2016 will remain on the four majors.

“The Olympics will not be my priority,” he said, according to the report. “I’ll prefer going to see the guys running fast.”

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