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Scott & Leishman Divided on Olympic Golf

Adam Scott remains an opponent of golf's involvement in the Olympics. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Adam Scott has reaffirmed his disapproval of golf’s place in the Olympic Games.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast, Scott indicated his stance on the Olympic Games was no different now than was the case 18 months ago.

“I really haven't thought that far ahead,” Scott said whn asked on his likely involvement

“As far as my thoughts on golf in the Olympics, my views haven't really changed at all."

The 37-year-old officially ruled himself out of consideration for last year’s Rio Olympics golf team in April 2016.

Scott had been consistent in publicly stating his stance against golf being added to Olympic competition in Rio following its 112-year absence since the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

One man who holds a drastically different view on the matter is Victorian Marc Leishman.

Marc Leishman wants to make his Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Sitting in the same chair at Royal Pines only a matter of minutes after Scott had vacated it, Leishman declared his intent to compete in Tokyo.

“I would love to play the Olympics, yeah, no doubt," the 34-year-old said. 

"If I'm on the team, I'm going. That would be ‑ actually [got] goosebumps there right now to say that. It would be cool. Anytime you can represent your country, it's great."

Leishman - like many other high profile players including Jason Day and Jordan Spieth - opted to skip the Rio Olympics citing fears about the zika virus.

"I've always been one to put family first and at the time we were, I can't remember if Audrey was pregnant or if she was ‑ we were trying, so it was just not in the best interests of our family to put her health or our baby's health at risk. 

"Who knows what would happen if I had gone, but probably nothing but there's that chance and I wasn't willing to take that chance."

The 2020 Olympic golf competition will be played at Kasumigaseki Country Club, which has previously hosted multiple Japan Opens.


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