Former world number one golfer, Adam Scott, has decided to skip the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year to spend time with his family, the Australian’s manager has confirmed.
Scott, who won the Masters in 2013 and gained the No 1 ranking a year later, also withdrew from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games because he was worried about the possible transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
“With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone four-five weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks,” his manager said in a statement to the Golf Channel yesterday.
“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.”
Scott, ranked 35 in the world, is the second top golfer to say he would skip the Tokyo Games after world No 1 Dustin Johnson did not put his name forward for a spot on the US team last month. Johnson had said he wanted to focus on the The Open and the PGA Tour.
The Olympic golf tournament starts on July 29 – 11 days after the final round of The Open at Royal St. George’s, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.