What figures to be golf's most scrutinized new course could have its architect by the end of the week.
The eight finalists for the 2016 Rio
Rio 2016 will mark golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. But there's no guarantee it'll remain beyond 2020, leaving bidders fully aware of the need for a good first impression.
"In 2017, they vote on whether golf will continue in the Olympics beyond 2020," Nicklaus said. "We have one shot at keeping golf in the Olympics."
The course will be constructed on undeveloped acreage about three miles from the planned Olympic Village, which includes a mangrove forest and lagoon a few hundred yards from the ocean.
A combined Nicklaus/Sorenstam bid is considered the front-runner; Norman brought
Design specialists make up the other half of the finalists list: Americans Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Doak and Gil Hanse, along with Britain's Martin Hawtree.
Proceeds from the Nationwide season opener will support the Clinton Foundation's Sustainable Growth Initiative in Colombia. Clinton's visit includes the Feb. 15 pro-am at the Country Club ofBogota.
The Clinton Foundation also is chief beneficiary of the