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First Vijay Singh, now Adam Scott, skipping Olympics in Rio

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Adam Scott will not be representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, according to statement the 35 year old issued on Tuesday.

“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.

Scott has indicated concern regarding the jam-packed summer of golf, likely more of a concern for the Australian as he pursues major glory than the Zika virus.

ESPN’s Bob Harig wrote about the scheduling issues.

“The International Olympic Committee announced in 2009 that golf would be part of the Olympics in 2016, but the game’s various governing bodies and major championship leaders still faced scheduling issues that have The Open, the PGA Championship and the men’s Olympic golf tournament played over a five-week stretch. The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs begin just two weeks after the Olympic event.” 

Most top players have given lip-service to the honor of playing for country at the Olympics, but none can be too pleased about what’s being jammed into five weeks. We’re now averaging one Olympic defection a week over the past two weeks, have Singh and Scott started a trend?

Update: 4/21: Per the AP’s Doug Ferguson, Louis Oosthuizen has also stated he won’t be playing in the Olympics, saying in a release: “I have always represented South Africa with pride, so I didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought.”

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  1. Tiger Woodz

    May 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I agree it has to do with the drug testing.

  2. Brian

    Apr 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Probably has everything to do with Olympic drug testing.

    • Boone

      May 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Its interesting that there was an article on how Adam has gone back to basics and a new ball and hitting the longest drives of his life and then opting out of the Olympics with the more stringent PED testing. This months Golf Digest undercover pro said “don’t get me started on the differences of how golf stars are drug tested.” Just a Hmmmm moment.
      Vijay already caught taking Deer Antler spray which was banned at the time.

  3. B

    Apr 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

    This should be an amateur thing. The pro circuit is at the peak of their season during this time and they have obligations to sponsors and tournaments that have to be met. Let the no names make a name for themselves. It will give an opportunity for the amateurs to see where their games actually are and give them a taste of the international stage.

  4. CJ

    Apr 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Make Olympic golf an amateur event, similar to boxing. Every tournament presently is an international competition. Majors are what professionals live for. Let the amateurs have this.

  5. Dodde

    Apr 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    The true: No pay, no play!

  6. David

    Apr 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    The Brazil Olympics are the most corrupt in Olympic history. Anyone who attends should be ashamed of themselves. Bravo for Adam and Vijay to make the correct decision. Fortunately the Zika virus provides camouflage for the real reason they are skipping the event.

    I truly hope that the USA sends ZERO professionals to compete.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      They are both correct to bail. Brazil is a disaster and is getting worse. All the Olympic events are a huge corrupt money grab and the IOC is also totally corrupt. Zika is hugely hyped as a danger – another money grab for a vaccine or other govt money. The crime in Brazil is off the charts. the Olympic is for amateurs too. The whole NBA players in the Olympics was stupid.

  7. Tim C

    Apr 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    There’s a guy called Jason day inside the top 34 I believe. Oh wait yah he’s number 1 in the world!

    • Andrew Prezioso

      Apr 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Leishman is the best option Australia has to replace Scott, as Day is a near-lock to be there. We have edited the story to clarify that. Thanks!

  8. slider

    Apr 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    i know day had an 80 at harbor town in round 3 but isnt he still number 1?

  9. KingFish26

    Apr 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I am glad I am not the only person thinking…Isn’t Jason Day Aussie? lol

  10. andrew

    Apr 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    “With Scott, ranked No. 7 in the Official World Golf Rankings, out of the picture, Marc Leishman (No. 34) is the top-ranked Australian golfer.”

    I think the word ‘next’ is missing from that sentence, unless Jason Day has gained US citizenship, to which I say “Welcome!”.

  11. eric

    Apr 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    With scott out of the picture, Marc is the top ranked Aussie golfer?? Jason Day disagrees

  12. GBR

    Apr 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    “Marc Leishman (No. 34) is the top-ranked Australian golfer.”

    Oh, you know except for the (literally) #1 ranked golfer in the WORLD who just so happens to be Australian.

  13. Kirbyvol

    Apr 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    LOL!!! That makes ZERO sense to me.

  14. Jam

    Apr 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Honestly makes sense to me. It’s an exhibition where you have to get 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

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Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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