Adam Scott: Olympic golf should be for amateurs
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/10/14
Adam Scott has told The Courier-Mail of Brisbane that he feels that golf in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero should be strictly for amateur golfers:
"People watch us (as pros) play 45 weeks a year. If you really wanted to grow the game, you'd have the Olympics for amateurs.

"Rio is not something I've thought a lot about, but it is something I have a desire to be part of. I'm not going to change my focus... it will be on the four majors. The Olympics will not be my priority.

"I'll prefer going to see the guys running fast."
Indeed, when French historian Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937) revived the ancient Olympic competition and founded the International Olympic Committee, he wanted the Olympic games to be a competition among amateurs, as in the ancient Olympics. Obviously in the last half-century, we have seen the competition permit professional athletes in several sports.

Nevertheless, Scott is not trying to throw cold water on golf at the Olympics.

"I do hope there is a good effect for golf. That is very important," said the 2013 Masters champion.

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[ comments ]
mschad says:
I have thought this from the beginning. The olympics should not include professionals. Each country could have qualifying events, etc to determine who plays. That would get and keep my interest for olympic golf.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'm with you, @mschad. After all, the greatest moment in Olympic history was when a bunch of college kids upset the Soviet Red Army team in the "Miracle on Ice," February 22, 1980. The Americans were amateur players, not NHLers.

Likewise, there was no drama whatsoever when the so-called "NBA Dream Team" slaughtered their opponents by 60 or 70 points in the Olympics.
Tim Horan says:
Absolutely! The Modern Olympic movement was all about promoting amateur sport. Go back to the sixties and seventies even in the early eighties and you could not compete if you were a professional. I do think it should be for amateurs but I also think golf in the 2016 Olympics should be an international match play team event. Then you really would be representing your country.
Matt F says:
"The Modern Olympic movement was all about promoting amateur sport."

That's it in a nutshell. Look at the basketball teams that almost all countries field, they're all pro's. They really should go back to all amateur like it used to be, people competing for the love of the sport and the spirit of the Olympics, not because they're going to get paid.
bkuehn1952 says:
I agree with everyone as to amatuers in the Olympics. The issue has now become what is an amateur? So many high profile athletes in all sports are paid either through prize winning, sponsorships, endorsements or outright payments, often from a government. Some countries would look at our college golfers and question whether they were really amateurs.
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