Australia’s Adam Scott opts out of Tokyo Olympics golf tournament

Australian Adam Scott opted out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, his manager has said. Johan Elliott of Sportyard International said the competition does not fit into Scott’s 2021 schedule.

“With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone four to five weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks,” Elliot told GolfChannel.com. “With three young children at home, this time in the schedule will be devoted to family.

“It is pretty much the only time up until October when he has a chance to see them for a stretch of time and not only a few days/a week.”

The Olympics golf tournament is scheduled for 29 July to 1 August at Kasumigaseki Country Club outside Tokyo, two weeks after The Open in England and a week before the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

Scott, 40, also opted out of the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, citing the busy PGA Tour schedule and the Zika virus outbreak.

Ranked No 35 in this week’s official world golf rankings, Scott’s 31 professional wins include 14 on the PGA Tour. He won the Masters in 2013 for his only major championship to date.