Adam Scott is the former world champion who has decided that he will not be playing in the Australian PGA tournament this year. Instead, he will be turning his focus on the Hero World Challenge that will take place in the Bahamas. Both competitions are held in December at around the same time, making it impossible for Scott to take on both tournaments.
Scott's home is in the Bahamas, which was a major reason for his decision to play in the Hero World Challenge instead of the Australian PGA. Not only is it closer to home requiring less travel, but it feels nice to be able to play in an area you live in.
“There's an influence for me to play at Albany, because that's where I live,” Adam Scott stated when he announced his decision. “I probably play more rounds there than anyone.”
A few years ago back in 2013, Adam Scott had taken home the grand prize when he won the Australian PGA Tournament in Queensland. However, he did end up losing the title to Greg Chalmers after losing a seven hole playoff match against him.
Adam Scott was also the very first Australian professional golfer to earn a green jacket after he managed to win the Masters in the same year that he had won the Australian PGA. After going home later that year, he played in four more tournaments and had a lot of hype surrounding him that brought lots of attention to his career.
Last season Scott played in three events within his homeland, but this year he has slowed down a little bit and decided to only play in one. This will be the Australian Open that will be taking place in Sydney in late November, where the competitive golfer will be pinned up against the defending champion Jordan Spieth. Many speculate that Scott will be unable to outplay Speith to take the title, but Scott has surprised critics before.
The decision to skip the Australian PGA came as a bit of a surprise for Scott's fans because he has mainly been a PGA player throughout his career. He has won a total of 27 tournaments around the world, but the PGA has been his main centerpiece. Adam Scott is currently ranked 13th in the world.
Scott's decision to stay out of the Australian PGA tournament comes just weeks after Jason Day announced that he will not be participating. Day decided to skip this year's PGA so that he can focus on his family for awhile, but he has promised that he plans to return to the golfing scene really soon.
The Hero World Challenge also invites the defending champion Spieth, the current major champions Zach Johnson and Jason Day, and two sponsor exemptions. Woods has already received one of the two sponsor exemptions for the event.