Scott prepared to give Olympics a miss


Adam Scott is willing to miss golf's return to the Olympic Games in order to prioritise the sport's major championships in 2016.

Former world number one Scott believes he could potentially benefit from taking some time off when Rio hosts the first Olympic golf event since 1904.

"I've been pretty open and outspoken that it's not really a priority of my scheduling next year," said the Australian.

"I'll still base my schedule around the majors and if the Olympics fits in, then it does.

"That's just where I see it and the point I'm at in my life and the other priorities and the gap in the schedule there, some time off looks quite good actually.

"That's nothing to take away from the Olympics, but I'm just not sure that they have got it quite dialled in with the format and might have missed an opportunity there to do something pretty special for golf."

The men's and women's golf events in Rio will each see 60 competitors contest 72-hole strokeplay tournaments, a format used on a regular basis throughout the season.

"My overall feeling is I think it could have been a little more creative than putting on a 72-hole event," added Scott.

"I can't sit here and tell you that I've dreamed of winning an Olympic medal, because I've played golf my whole life and it's never been part of the discussion.

"And I'm all for growing the game of golf, but I think you've got to do it in the right way. The game of golf is a big thing and it's a huge discussion."