Adam Scott opts out of Tokyo Olympics

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Adam Scott has decided to skip the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics this year to spend time with his family.

Scott, Australia's only Masters winner back in 2013 and a former world No.1, also withdrew from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games because he was worried about the possible transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

"With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone 4-5 weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks," his manager told Golf Channel in a statement on Thursday.

"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."

Scott was not guaranteed a place at the Olympics anyway with Australia's current front-runners being Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman.

In March, world No.1 Dustin Johnson also opted out of playing the Olympics.

The American cited the scheduling of the competition and travel issues.

"It's a lot of travelling at a time where it's important for me to feel like I'm focused playing on the PGA Tour," he said.

Johnson had said he wanted to concentrate on the British Open and the PGA Tour.

The Olympic golf tournament starts on July 29 - 11 days after the final round of the British Open at Sandwich.