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Finchem says construction on Rio 2016 course progressing

The Canadian Press

11/19/2013 7:24:29 PM

MELBOURNE, Australia -- U.S. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says progress on construction of the troubled course for golf's return to the Olympics at Rio in 2016 is "reasonably good" and that 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 was originally 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 at a media conference ahead of the World Cup at Royal Melbourne on Wednesday 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."