Adam Scott loves Australia. "C'mon Ausssieeee," he famously yelled when sinking a long birdie putt on the 18th hole at The Masters in 2013, which he eventually won in a playoff.
But Adam Scott will not be representing Australia at the Rio Olympics. Golf makes its return to Olympic competition after a lazy 112 year hiatus, but the world number seven won't be there.
"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 overnight.
"I have informed the Australian team captain and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio."
Actually, not everyone is understanding of the 35-year-old's position. Australian Olympic legend Dawn Fraser teed off on Facebook, if you'll excuse the pun.
"Very sorry to hear that Adam Scott cannot fit it into his schedule to play for Australia at the Olympics. Well done Adam, great to put your country on hold so that you can fulfill your own schedule. How much money do you want in life?"
"I guess working 3 jobs a week to secure my place as a Olympic swimmer has giver me the strength to say what I feel about sportsmen and women that do this," Fraser went on to say.
Fraser might be a little too forthright in her reaction, which wouldn't be a first. But Scott is hard to take seriously when he says he's got an "extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics". Here's his calendar that month. It's on his website adamscott.com. And yes, the previous months have plenty of days blacked out with commitments.
Like tennis, the Olympic golf tournament is not held in the same esteem as the four "Majors". That might change in time, but for now, no one's really quite sure why golf is back in the Olympics and how it'll help promote either the Olympics or the sport of golf itself.
At this stage Adam Scott is the only big global name to drop out. He married two years ago and has an infant daughter, so perhaps he's planning to enjoy a little family time.
Countries can send two golfers to the Olympics, or up to four if they have four golfers ranked inside the world top 15. Australia's current world number one Jason Day will now likely be joined by world number 34 Marc Leishman, who has indicated he is keen to play in Rio.Suggest a correction