Adam Scott
Adam Scott

Adam Scott has confirmed that he will not play in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The world No.7 said that scheduling and family commitments will prevent him from participating in the games as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

“My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional,” Scott said in a statement.

“I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio.”

Scott has long been critical of participating in the Olympic Games, and last year admitted that the prospect of him appearing was unlikely.

“It’s not really a priority of my scheduling next year which is based around the majors,” Scott said in November.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said the early decision would enable another contender to take his place.

“We’re obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he’s one of the best players in the world, but we understand his position,” Pitt said.

“This means one of our other elite players will get the chance and we’re more than happy that we will field a very strong team in Rio.

Marc Leishman is currently the highest-placed Australian in the “reserves” list, with Marcus Fraser, Matt Jones, Scott Hend and Steven Bowditch the remaining alternates.  Sixty golfers will play in the men’s competition; with the top 15 players in the world all eligible, and a maximum of four players in the field from any country.

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