Adam Scott has labelled golf at the Rio 2016 Olympics an exhibition.
An unusually opinionated Adam Scott has criticised golf being in the Olympics, adding that winning an Olympic gold medal for golf in nothing he has ever aimed to achieve.
“Whether I win an Olympic medal or not is not going to define my career or change whether I’ve fulfilled my career. It’s nothing I’ve ever aspired to do and I don’t think I ever will.
t’s all about the four majors and that’s the way it should stay for golf. To go and play an exhibition event down there to meet some athletes in the middle of the major season – I don’t think any other athletes in their sport would do that.
Scott didn’t stop there.
“I don’t believe a lot of sports belong there. It’s got away from where it started. Most of the athletes at the Olympics probably have trained four years specifically to peak at this one event. It’s the pinnacle of their sport, they get one crack at their big thing every four years.
They have put their life on hold for this event and it’s so important to them, and I feel it’s their time. Golf doesn’t need to be in the Olympics.”
Most of us would agree with Scott on this one, right? And I’m guessing a lot of other professional golfers, not to mention a truck-load of weekend hackers tend to think the same way.
The comments from Scott aren’t really a surprise as he has previously said he thinks Olympic golf should be for the amateurs instead of the professionals.
Interestingly, the ABC reported that three-time Olympic squash champion, Australian Nick Matthew thought Adam Scott’s comment was stupid and he should keep his mouth shut. Although Matthew’s rebuttal only seemed to back-up Scott’s comments, rather than contradict it.
“It’s a ridiculous comment,” he said. “When you are a multi-billionaire, they don’t care about the passion of sport and an Olympic gold medal.
“So it’s a bit of a stupid comment. If you think that, then keep it quiet because many people would give their right ankle to be in that situation,” added Matthew.
Many amateur golfers, for example.