Golf has suffered two disappointments recently as both Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen have decided to forego the Olympic Golf event for their respective countries. Scott is ranked 7th in the Official World Golf Rankings and Oosthuizen is 12th meaning that Australia and South Africa just became a lot less competitive in their bids to win a gold medal.
18 time major champion Jack Nicklaus chimed in with his thoughts on Adam Scott pulling out:
“I think that’s sad. I think it’s sad for the Olympics and for the game of golf,” Nicklaus said. “I don’t know Adam’s circumstances, so I couldn’t comment on what he’s dealing with. Obviously, he felt like he couldn’t play, and if he felt that way, I understand. But it’s unfortunate.”
When you have someone like Nicklaus saying these things you know it’s bad. Scott was ripped by past Olympians from Australia who said that is was unfortunate that he put his personal goals in front of his country.
The coach for the Australian team is Ian Baker-Finch and here’s what he had to say:
“Obviously I am disappointed that Adam has made himself unavailable for selection but I totally understand his decision and the scheduling difficulties facing all team members.”
Oosthuizen made an interesting comment:
“I have always represented South Africa with pride, so didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought.”
This one irked me the wrong way because he is basically saying that he has represented his country enough and he doesn’t owe anything else. People would give up a lot of things in order to participate in the Olympics and it’s a shame that we have these situations. Keep in mind that this is the first time golf has returned to the Olympics since 1904.
I have a feeling that this might be the last time golf is included in the Olympics if golfers keep dropping out.