Australia’s second-ranked golfer will skip this year’s Games, joining World No.1 Dustin Johnson on the sidelines.

Adam Scott is the latest big-name golfer to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics, with the Golf Channel reporting he’ll skip the event.

As Australia’s second-ranked golfer, Scott would have been guaranteed a start in Tokyo, but has instead chosen to spend time with his family.

Scott skipped the Rio Games in 2016 after admitting the Olympics was “nothing I’ve ever aspired to do and I don’t think I ever will.”

“With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone 4-5 weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks,” Scott’s manager John Elliot said in a statement to

“With three young children at home, this time in the schedule will be devoted to family. It is pretty much the only time up until October when he has a chance to see them for a stretch of time and not only a few days a week.”

With Tokyo’s golf event scheduled to run from July 29-August 1, it’s sandwiched between The Open Championship and the PGA Tour’s rich playoff events, leaving the game’s leading players with a choice to make.

Scott’s ranking his slipped from 6th in the world just over a year ago to 35th this week, with the 40-year-old recording just one top-10 finish in his last 16 events.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson has already confirmed he won’t play in Tokyo, citing, like Scott, the crowded schedule.

“It’s a lot of traveling at a time where it’s important for me to feel like I’m focused playing on the PGA Tour,” Johnson said.

Scott’s absence leaves Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman as Australia’s most likely pairing for Tokyo.

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