Masters winner Adam Scott said he has no regrets about dropping out of the Olympics, saying it was a “questionable” call for the Tokyo Games to continue.
The Australian is not a fan of Olympic golf and confirmed his non-participation well ahead of the Games.
With the COVID-19 pandemic underway, Japan has suffered a spike in cases and will be stranded in a state of emergency throughout the Olympics.
“Certainly no hesitation. It is questionable whether it should take place, an event of this magnitude,” Scott said ahead of the British Open.
“The situation in Japan is not good at the moment. Some parts of the world don’t understand the fear the Japanese feel… they are not as advanced as other vaccination areas.
“That’s not why I’m not going anyway. I’ve been home for seven weeks this year and it’s hard to justify another week.”
Scott believes the majors far outweigh the Olympics for the prestige of golf. He said the Open Championship, in which he had a devastating near-crash in 2012, was his No.1 priority; having already become the first Australian winner of the American Masters in 2013.
It is inspired by Ash Barty’s victory at Wimbledon this weekend.
“For me, the Open is now – if we had to rank tournaments for love to win – it clearly sits at the top,” he said.
“I felt like I had a hand on the Jug once and it was a good feeling while it lasted. I wish I had two there.
“If there’s one event I would like to win before the end of my career, it would be the Open. I’m not really putting the pressure on myself this week, but it would be a great story for an Aussie to follow in Greg [Norman’s] footprint.
“Winning Wimbledon is like winning the Open or the Masters for a golfer. It’s incredibly important. [Barty] played really well and it would be fun to keep the Australian theme away to keep Wimbledon and the UK Open away. “
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