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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 191
H ANDS up if you’ll sit and watch all four days of the golf events at the Rio Olympics. Hello? Anyone? So why are we all so outraged about Adam Scott turning his nose up at the chance to compete for gold? It’s been one of the most heated and polarising discussions that Australian golf has ever seen, with every person who owns either a smartphone or a keyboard weighing in on whether our best players should be queuing up to wear the green and gold in Brazil. As hardened sports fans it’s difficult to believe that one day, as the light fades on what will have been a glorious career and he retires with tens of millions of dollars to play with, Scott won’t regret denying himself the chance to wear one of the only things money can’t buy: Olympic gold. Sure, it might not be golf’s Everest, but the opportunity to walk out at an Opening Ceremony, experience an Olympic village and immerse yourself in an Olympic Games is something afforded to precious few people, and as Scott watches lesser golfers embrace that honour in August, there’s every chance he’ll feel a tiny pang of remorse that might last a lifetime. On the flipside, let’s be honest. Many of the voices publicly decrying Scott and his lack of interest in representing Australia in Rio are the same voices who panned golf’s inclusion in the Olympics in the first place. You can’t have it both ways. But neither can Scott. Scott was one of the handful of PGA Tour players openly critical of golf’s place in the Olympics in the first place, last year describing it as an “exhibition” event and saying it is “nothing I’ve ever aspired to do and I don’t think I ever will”. Fair enough. But man up and stick to those sentiments when officially pulling your hat out of the ring for selection.
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