Day, Scott want team component at Olympics


If this year’s World Cup of Golf was intended to closely mirror the upcoming Olympics, then Jason Day and Adam Scott are hoping for a few tweaks before the 2016 Games.

Individual stroke play was instituted this year at the World Cup to provide a glimpse of what players can expect when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. The two best scores from each country determined the team standings, and Australia went on to sweep both titles.

The proposed format for Rio, however, is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament with no team component, a decision that has drawn the ire of many who say that the event is unimaginative and no different than any major or World Golf Championship event.

As Day told reporters Sunday in Melbourne (via the AFP): “My message to the Olympic Games organizers is that it would be a good thing if teammates could play together in Rio. If we play together we could help each other out as teammates as they do in other Olympic sports …

“The format was great this week and Adam and I can’t complain about the result, and it’s kind of hard not to like it when you win, but I think the Olympic organizers should pair all the teams together. And unlike this week, they should make a rule where we can help and support our teammates as that would go a long way.”

Scott reportedly agreed with that assessment, adding, “It’s hard enough not to like the format when Jason and I are sitting here as winners, but then I still would have liked to spend the four days alongside Jason as a team playing fourball.”