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Rio Olympic Golf Course Handed Over To Games Organizers

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:36 Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:21


Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic golf course – slowed by environmental lawsuits, land ownership disputes and doubts it even needed to be built – was handed over Sunday to organizers of next year’s games.
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes spent 15 minutes defending the course, built in the wealthy neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, where most Olympic venues will be located.
“If you are in politics, you always have to spend some time defending your point of view,” Paes said.



Phil Mickelson Out of Top 25 for First Time in Long Time

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 07:04 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 07:00

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Phil Mickelson dropped to No. 27 in the world this week, the wrong kind of milestone.

The last time he was out of the top 25 was September 10, 1995. That was right after Tiger Woods won his second straight U.S. Amateur. It was two years after Jordan Spieth was born. Greg Norman was three months into his longest reign (96 weeks) at No. 1 in the world.



PGA Tour and LPGA Tour Players in Same Event? Whan is Working on It

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:59 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:55

Stacy LewisCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan believes there’s a place for men and women to share the same stage in golf.

He’s just not sure when.

Among the ideas that have been kicked around over the years is for the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour to compete on the same course at the same time, perhaps at a winners-only event or in a match play format. They could play their own set of tees and compete separately, different from the Mixed Team event from nearly two decades ago.



Peter Malnati Wins Sanderson Farms for 1st PGA Tour Victory

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:54 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:47

Peter MalnatiCanadian Press

JACKSON, Mississippi (David Brandt/AP) — Peter Malnati finished his final round with a one-stroke lead. He then went to the clubhouse, where he watched the rest of the tournament on TV, talked with his wife and even did a few pull-ups to stay loose.

Turns out the extra exercise wasn’t needed. He had his first PGA Tour victory already wrapped up.

The 28-year-old Malnati shot a 5-under 67 to rally past a crowded leaderboard and win the Sanderson Farms Championship, beating William McGirt and David Toms by one stroke.

Malnati finished at 18 under in a rain-soaked tournament that was forced to complete play Monday. He was one shot behind going into the final round but closed with five birdies over his last 12 holes.



Nicklaus Return to Father-Son Challenge

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:47 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:41

Jack NicklausCanadian Press

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Jack Nicklaus always said family was more important than golf. December is one time of the year he gets to do both.

Nicklaus and his son, Gary, headline the 20-team field for the PNC Father-Son Challenge that will be played Dec. 12-13 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. It will be the 14th time that Jack Nicklaus plays in the event, and the seventh time for Gary Nicklaus. They won in 1999.

“Although I don’t play much golf any more, I look forward to every opportunity to play golf with my family,” Jack Nicklaus said. “To do so in a competitive, yet fun, environment just underlines how special it is. I will be riding the broad shoulders of my son and we’ll just see how we do. One thing I know for certain is we will have a blast.”



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