by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 146
A DAM Scott doesn’t come across as the opinionated type but rest assured he holds more than a few deep-felt sentiments. One in particular surfaced during last week’s Wells Fargo Championship where Australian golf writer Andrew Both queried Scott’s thoughts on golf’s return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, now less than 15 months away. Scott came off as nonchalant about sport’s greatest carnival including his chosen pursuit for the first time since 1904. As one of the top-15 players in the world, right now he stands to be an automatic starter for the Australian team, however an Olympic gold medal ranks down the list of motivating factors for the 2013 Masters champ. “I’m planning my schedule around playing majors the best I can,” Scott told Both. “If I can fit going to the Olympics into that, it might be a bit of fun, then lucky me if I qualify. But if not, I’m not going to miss it, that’s for sure, and I’ll enjoy watching. “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. It’s all about the four majors and I think that’s the way it should stay for golf.” Don’t pass Scott off as either apathetic or alone in his thinking. Geoff Ogilvy is another to have said that arguably the best aspect of golf re-joining the Olympics would be hanging around other athletes in the village. The problem here is one that’s been brewing since golf’s return to the Olympic arena became official in 2009. Sports come and go from the Olympic schedule and why has as much to do with political persuasion as it does popularity and performances. That’s crazy when you consider there is a much easier definition at hand: is an Olympic gold medal the pinnacle achievement in the sport? Answer yes and it goes in; respond in the negative and it’s bye-bye. “To go and play an exhibition event down there to meet some athletes (in other sports) in the middle of the major season, I don’t think any other athletes in their sport would do that,” Scott added. “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.” With its history-laden major championships, golf will never, ever view a gold medal as even remotely close in the prestige stakes to a green jacket or claret jug. And, perhaps worst of all, the decision to stage the 2016 Olympics as – yawn! – yet another 72-hole strokeplay tournament missed an excellent opportunity to showcase to the world the best golfers on the planet in a more innovative and captivating way. The counter-argument of course is that Olympic sports receive more exposure and more funding. And we know only too well the role big business plays when it comes to the Games. At the heart of the matter, however, should be the betterment of the sport in question. Either way, golf now has its place back in the Olympic Games and “an exhibition” is exactly what it will be. Rory McIlroy once drew fire for referring to the Ryder Cup as an exhibition before he’d played in one, but grant Scott some leeway here – mostly because he’s saying what many of us were already thinking. OTG the VIEW OLYMPIC STINGS FOR GOLF WITH RIO ON THE HORIZON, GOLF’S LEGITIMACY AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT WILL BE INCREASINGLY SCRUTINISED BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT AUGUST. by Steve Keipert Golf Australia deputy editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
OTG Express 145
OTG Express 147