July 6, 2012
Amateur champ opts out of Canadian Open
By IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency
TORONTO - Three-time Canadian Amateur champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., has elected to pass on the RBC Canadian Open and instead play the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour the same week.
Scott, 28, has three top-10 finishes this year on the Web.com tour, including a third at last weekend’s United Leasing Championship in Indiana. He is currently 27th on the money list, just two spots out of the top 25 who receive full-time status on the PGA Tour next season.
For that reason, Scott felt it would be best long-term to concentrate on getting his PGA Tour card and informed tournament director Bill Paul Friday morning.
“Bill was completely understanding,” said Scott.
“Right now, the main goal is to get on the PGA Tour full-time. Bill agreed with me. He said it’s a personal decision and he said he doesn’t think it’s a bad one,” Scott said, adding that it was still a difficult decision to not tee it up in his national Open.
Scott was among three Web.com Tour players who received Open exemptions on Tuesday at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the site of this year’s national championship. Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., and Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., were the others.
“On one side, it’s kind of a bummer that I got the opportunity to play this year and I’m going to have to pass it up, but at the same time, I think it’s the best decision for me right now and I love Hamilton,” he said.
“It’s such a good golf course and such a good event, but like I said, there will be many more in the future and, hopefully, I’ll be contending to win one down the road,” said Scott.