Australia’s Olympic Games golf captain Ian Baker-Finch insists Adam Scott poised to play in Tokyo


Asked whether he was confident Scott would elect to play in Tokyo, Baker-Finch said: “Yes. I’m sure.

“I’d love to have Adam on the team. I’d love to have any of those guys, Jason [Day], Leish [Marc Leishman], Smithy [Cameron Smith] … they’re the top four obviously. I’d love to get more than two in that top 15.

“I think Adam’s just taking the pressure off with the answers. Everyone has been pounding him for six years about the Olympics so I’m sure if he was playing well and made the team he’d play. I would have thought his company would love him to be there. That might be another reason to lay low on his decision.”

Baker-Finch will harbour realistic hopes of Australia claiming a medal in either the men’s or women’s event with Minjee Lee (world No.9) and major winner Hannah Green (23) favoured to pull on the green and gold.

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It contrasts with a spate of withdrawals from some of the world’s highest-profile male players before Rio with Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser answering the call for Australia.

Jones, who won the Stonehaven Cup for a second time at The Australian Golf Club on Sunday, said the biggest regret of his career was not competing at Rio for fear of contracting the Zika virus.

“Four years ago there was that unnecessarily trumped up scare about Zika,” Baker-Finch said. “If I was that age and we were planning on kids [wife] Jennie might have said to me, ‘I really don’t want you to go’. I got it.

“The guys that could have gone all called me personally and said, ‘I’m sorry, we would have loved to play’. Leish especially, he was distraught. He really wanted to go. He’s excited about it [next year].”

Jones has vaulted to the cusp of the top 100 after his Australian Open win and now sits at 103 on the world rankings.

He will still need a very successful season on the US PGA Tour to force his way into the Australian frame with Leishman (28), Day (34) and Smith (52) entrenched inside the top 100.

Scott, Leishman and Smith will lead the International charge against Tiger Woods’ United States in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne this week.

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