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Published: 10:18 | 20/4/16

Scott decides against Olympics

Adam Scott will not compete at the 2016 Olympics, citing scheduling conflicts as the main reason for his decision to miss the Games.

Some of the biggest names in the sport are due to compete in Rio when golf returns to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, but Scott's participation has been up in the air for some time and he has now put an end to the speculation by revealing that he has taken his name out of consideration to represent Australia.

"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."

The Open, the PGA Championship and the men's Olympic golf tournament will be played over a five-week period, while the FedEx Cup playoffs are due to begin two weeks after the Olympic event.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt added: "We're obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he's one of the best players in the world, but we understand his position. 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."

While the schedule will be of a concern to some players, Fiji's Vijay Sing announced last week that fears over the Zika virus would prevent him from competing.

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