Finchem: Olympic course progress "reasonably good"

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says progress on the construction of the troubled course for golf's return to the Olympics at Rio in 2016 is "reasonably good" and he would travel to Brazil early next year to check on its progress.

The course at Venue Reserva de Marapendi has been plagued by delays over land rights. It originally was scheduled to be completed by 2014 but American architect Gil Hanse, who is designing the course, admitted in July that it would not be tournament-ready until 2015.

Finchem said Wednesday at a media conference ahead of the World Cup at Royal Melbourne that "the progress is reasonably good ... we were really concerned for a period of time but Gil Hanse from all indications is doing a good job."

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