Adam Scott's decision to opt out of the upcoming Olympics came as no surprise to anyone who has listened to the former major champ discuss its relative importance over the last year. But it was still a choice that came under fire from some, including a former Australian Olympic great.
Dawn Fraser won eight Olympic medals in swimming, including three straight gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle in 1956, 1960 and 1964. In the wake of Scott opting out of a spot in Rio, Fraser took to Facebook to express her disappointment in her countryman's decision.
"Very sorry to hear that Adam Scott cannot fit it into his schedule to play for Australia at the Olympics," Fraser wrote. "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? Not showing much for your country."
Scott has won twice this year on the PGA Tour, and at No. 7 in the latest world rankings he was essentially assured of a spot on the Australian roster in Brazil alongside world No. 1 Jason Day. Scott released a statement Tuesday confirming his decision to skip the Olympics, citing an "extremely busy playing schedule" and various commitments, both personal and professional.
It was a line of reasoning that didn't sit well with Fraser, who was named Australian of the Year in 1964 after closing out her Olympic career.
"I guess working three jobs a week to secure my place as an Olympic swimmer has giver (sic) me the strength to say what I feel about sporstmen (sic) and women that do this," Fraser wrote. "Well done Adam may you enjoy your sport and the money you earn gives you great pleasure. I am still trying to survive at 78 years old but a very proud Australian."