Richard Scott Won't Use Canadian Open Exemption

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Three-time Canadian Amateur champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., has decided 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, according to a report by Ian Hutchinson of the Toronto Sun.

Scott has three top-10 finishes this year on the Web.com Tour, including a third at last weekend’s United Leasing Championship in Indiana.

The 28-year old cited the fact that 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 as the reason for his decision.
 
Scott said he felt it would be best long-term to concentrate on getting his PGA Tour card and informed tournament director Bill Paul of his decision on 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,” said Scott, 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 last Tuesday to tee it up at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the site of this year’s national championship. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont. 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.
 
 
 
 
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