Adam Scott: PGA Tour ‘suits me best’
Adam Scott’s desire to become a multiple major winner was a key factor in his decision to reject an offer from LIV Golf to stay with the PGA Tour.
Set to line up this week in his 10th Presidents Cup, the 42-year-old International team stalwart said he wasn’t going to risk the chance of being unable to add more majors to this 2013 Masters triumph by defecting to Greg Norman’s LIV Golf.
“Why am I still on the PGA Tour is because it suits me best to be on the PGA Tour – it’s as simple as that, really,” Queenslander Scott said from Quail Hollow.
“The one thing I think I haven’t grasped is giving up my entire professional life of trying to achieve these things (winning majors) here and just leaving it behind.
“I’m obviously not ready to do that. I may never be, as well, to be clear. I just think that seems to be a hurdle that – well, it hasn’t really presented itself to me, anyway.”
Former world No.1 Scott said LIV Golf – now the home of fellow Australian stars Cam Smith and Marc Leishman – was “doing what they want to do, and the PGA Tour will continue to do what it does and try and put out the best product”.
The defections of Open champion Smith, Leishman, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen to LIV Golf has left the Internationals with a weakened outfit this week.
However, Scott remained “incredibly optimistic” the Trevor Immelman-captained Internationals could upset the highly fancied United States and win the Presidents Cup for the first time since 1998.
“The biggest thing for our team, it’s always the hardest thing to do, is to get our guys to peak, and we probably need most of our guys to peak this week to really shake down the American team,” Scott said.
“It’s a hard thing to do, but Trevor has worked really tirelessly behind the scenes in nurturing these guys and getting them prepared for what’s going to happen this week ,,, and to leave nothing in the tent and put it all out on the golf course.
“I really feel like if we want to push the Americans this week to a place where we can win, we have to really let loose on the course.”