Greg Norman, who along with design partner Lorena Ochoa plans to submit a bid to build the Olympic course for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, says he expects the gig will involve a lot more than just moving dirt around. The winning architect(s), he says, better be prepared to circle the globe, preaching the merits of the game. Greg Hardwig of the Naples News reports:
“In my mind, it’s not just all about the design and the building of the golf course,” Norman said. “It’s actually — whoever wins or gets the nod to build this golf course — has to spend four or five years promoting the game of golf. I truly believe that. It’s not just going out there and getting a design job, because it is a big step.”
Norman said there will likely be three final design teams chosen, and they will then submit presentations. He’s planning on going down to Brazil in early 2011 to look at potential sites, and figures a final design team will be selected in the middle part of the year.
“To be honest with you, my competitive drive is more in the development and growth of the game of golf on a global basis now, not on the golf course …Finchem: New ‘Jim Furyk rule’ is intentionally ‘vague’ Here’s how Finchem "explained" it
“I’m going to [submit a bid], because I see the chances for the game of golf almost doubling in the number of participants in the game of golf over the next 20, 25 years is huge. If I just have one tiny piece of that, it’s going to be so rewarding for me.”
“If you’re negligent with respect to a tee time in the pro-am—negligent, meaning, you made a mistake for whatever reason—it’s not a disqualification.
“If you blow it off, then you’re not going to be able to play in that tournament.”
The rule, Finchem admits, is “somewhat vague, but intentionally so, because we want the flexibility to deal with situations that may differ.”
"The Open win has definitely sunk in, I've been feeling drained for the last five months," he says.
"The year is getting very long, I had a very difficult schedule with the [South African] Sunshine Tour at the end too. You want to do everything, but it's tough being mentally tired. It makes it difficult to play well, it gets to you in the end.”
Oosthuizen is planning an ambitious split schedule next year between the U.S. PGA and European tours.
"It would be nice to win in America. I'll be playing both tours, splitting it 50/50, which will be tough. But I want to get my mind focused on being on top of my game at the majors," Oosthuizen explained.