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Mar 12, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Olympic Golf Back On Track

Although construction of the Gil Hanse-designed golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio has yet to begin, the president of Rio 2016 announced, “we are in control of the project.” Speaking on Golf Channel last week, Hanse had said he and his team were “right up against the deadline” to ensure the course would be ready in time. And according to the website insidethegames.biz, both the International Olympic Committee and International Golf Federation were worried about the timetable. But the website reported that Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman, speaking at a press conference yesterday, said, “With regard to the golf course, we have now finalized all the adjustments. We have signed the contract with the owners of the land so we are in control and of the project and have already started… We have also sorted the environmental guarantees.” Let's hope so, because to paraphrase an old slogan from the barricades, "the whole golf world is watching."

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Mar 11, 2013 | 07:37 AM

Talk About A “Tradition Like No Other”

Now that Augusta National has opened its gates to female members, can a ladies’ event be far behind? LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan hopes so, and admitted to Bloomberg News that he contacts the club every year to ask if they’d be interested in hosting a second professional event. So far the answer has been "no" but that doesn’t dampen the spirits of the irrepressible Whan, who has been running the LPGA since 2010. He notes that “it’s not the right time and may never be the right time…” but that “I just figure I’ll just keep asking because if they ever change their mind, I’ll be somewhere near the top of the list of people who has asked the longest.” Whan also said that Augusta National gives a six-figure check to the LPGA every year to support its Girls Golf program, which introduces the game to 20,000 young women annually. Sounds like a pretty good start.

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Mar 08, 2013 | 05:59 AM

Move Over, Caddyshack

Follow The Sun wasn’t very good, Bagger Vance either, and Stroke of Genius wasn’t one. But there’s a new golf movie coming out that looks pretty interesting. Called The Short Game, it premieres at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, this weekend. According to the SXSW website, this 95-minute entry in the Documentary Competition “follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year-old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.” One of the contestants is tennis star Anna Kournikova’s brother, a second-grader who mixes school with 7 a.m. sessions with his speed and strength trainer. Time will tell if it’s a “Cinderella story” or “a dead varmint.” Click here to see a trailer.

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Mar 07, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Blame It On Rio, Part Dois

As “The Buzz” reported two weeks ago, construction of the Gil Hanse-designed golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is behind schedule. Now Hanse himself is talking about the problems. Speaking on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” program, Hanse said he is “right up against the deadline” for being able to get the course in the ground and ready for pre-Olympics tests starting in 2015. Explaining that construction needs to begin by April 1, Hanse said he is “disappointed” that disputes over ownership of the site have yet to be worked out and “I’m disappointed in myself because I thought, gosh, it’s the Olympics, you can’t get any bigger than that. They’ve got to be able to just move this through. Unfortunately, I was dead wrong with that.” On the upside, he shouldn’t expect similar problems at Doral’s Blue Monster now that Donald Trump owns it.

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