Adam Scott was one of many first golfers eligible to play within the Olympics to choose out of the Tokyo Video games. And because the Video games are set to start on the finish of subsequent week, he has no regrets. Scott, in actual fact, believes the Olympics shouldn’t happen in any respect this 12 months.
“Undoubtedly no second ideas about it,’’ Scott mentioned upfront of the British Open, which begins with Thursday’s opening spherical at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. “It’s questionable actually whether or not [the Olympics] ought to go forward, an occasion of that scale. The fan scenario just isn’t good in the mean time. I don’t assume sure elements of the world perceive the worry that the Japanese are experiencing in the mean time. They’re not as superior vaccination clever as another areas. You must query whether or not it’s actually a accountable choice to go forward.
“However that’s not likely why I’m not going anyway. I’ve been house seven weeks to date this 12 months, and it’s arduous to justify one other week away.’’
Scott additionally skipped the 2016 Video games when golf returned to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
This week is Scott’s first main championship as a 40-year-old. He mentioned watching Phil Mickelson win the PGA Championship at age 50 in Might gave him “motivation.’’
“From a distance, I’ve been in a position to see the trouble he’s put into his physique bodily the previous couple of years to maintain him out contending, so it definitely will be executed,’’ Scott mentioned. “There are at all times exceptions to the principles like Vijay Singh and Steve Stricker, who actually, you may argue, performed their greatest golf of their 40s. I definitely really feel like with the place all the pieces sits, the massive image for me in the mean time, I believe that the most effective stuff can nonetheless come.’’
Scott, who calls himself a giant tennis fan, beloved that fellow Aussie Ash Barty won the Wimbledon women’s singles title final weekend.
“Like all people in Australia, I’m an enormous fan of Ash,’’ Scott mentioned. “She’s good. She’s having an ideal 12 months, too. To win Wimbledon, it’s like successful The Open or the Masters, isn’t it, for a golfer? It appears like that. So, it’s extremely vital. She performed nice, and it might be enjoyable to maintain that Aussie theme going and sort of take Wimbledon away from the U.Okay., and The Open trophy.’’
Jon Rahm gained the No. 1 world rating when he gained the U.S. Open final month, unseating Dustin Johnson. Final week, because of the difficult Official World Golf Rating system, Johnson regained the No. 1 spot, although he didn’t even play, whereas Rahm completed seventh on the Scottish Open.
Johnson has performed as soon as for the reason that U.S. Open, ending in a tie for twenty fifth on the Vacationers Championship.
“We didn’t discuss it,’’ Johnson mentioned of he and Rahm concerning the rankings flip. “I imply, the rankings, they’re powerful to determine. Clearly, in the event you play properly, you get to No. 1. I must proceed to play properly if I wish to keep there. Clearly, Jon has been taking part in very well recently. I must step up my sport a bit bit.’’
For Rahm, he mentioned his overwhelming emotion of winning the U.S. Open, his first profession main victory, was aid.
“I did have a way of aid after successful the primary main,’’ he mentioned. “I felt like for the higher a part of 5 years, all I heard is ‘main, main, main’ simply because I used to be taking part in good golf, as if it was simple to win a significant championship.
“However the truth that you’re anticipated to win one means nothing, however you’re taking part in good golf, so a little bit of aid in that sense, nevertheless it doesn’t actually change. There’s nonetheless the subsequent one to win, so I nonetheless include the identical stage of pleasure clearly and willingness to win.’’
Brooks Koepka was at Royal St. George’s as a spectator for the 2003 Open Championship, along with his mom and brother, Chase.
“I came to visit right here after I was a bit child, watched Ben [Curtis] win,’’ Koepka mentioned. “Me and my brother and my mother got here. I should have been like 10 years previous or one thing [actually 13]. We acquired the chance to come back over right here and play St. Andrews, Carnoustie, come watch I believe the ultimate spherical of the Open.
“It’s sort of humorous, I believe with about three holes left, I bear in mind Thomas took just a few out of the bunker, and I believe Ben was possibly a gaggle or two behind him, however I ended up falling asleep proper within the little pavilion to the correct of 18 and didn’t even see the end. I bear in mind getting yelled at by my mother — ‘I didn’t convey you over right here to go to sleep’ sort of deal.’’
Koepka, who has the most effective mixed rating to par at main championships since 2016 by lots (he’s 84-under par in that span, adopted by Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele at 21-under par), conceded his performances on the British Open haven’t been nice — and he provided a purpose for that.
“I in all probability haven’t performed my greatest over right here,’’ he mentioned. “I believe over the past couple years, I don’t wish to say it’s been a distraction, however I’ve gained the PGA or the U.S. Open earlier than, and I’ve loved these weeks after a bit an excessive amount of.’’