Scott to Olympic critics: I represent Australia every week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Adam Scott’s decision to not play this year’s Olympics has drawn criticism from many circles, including a particularly pointed Facebook post from former Olympic swimmer Dawn Fraser, who won eight medals.

“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.”

On Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Championship, Scott responded to the criticism he’s received since announcing he had withdrawn his name from Olympic consideration last month.

“The tough part was to choose not to represent Australia. But I feel like I do that every week,” he said. “I've lived my life representing Australia and I feel I've tried to do the best job I can of that.”

Scott also said he plans to go back to Australia again later this year to play as he’s done the last few years. “I'm far from abandoning my country,” he said.

In fact, Scott said he will likely play both Australian swing events this year, which include the Australian Open and PGA. The Aussie Masters has been cancelled this year as tournament promoters begin a process of “reimagining” the event.

Last year he skipped the Australian PGA in order to play the Hero World Challenge, which was held at his home course in the Bahamas.

“I don’t see that happening this year,” he said when asked if he’d trade the Australian PGA for the World Challenge again in 2016.