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Olympic golf update from IGF VP Ty Votaw (video)

Ty Votaw

Ty Votaw of the PGA Tour speaks with the media at the Adidas Golf & USA Golf Olympic press conference at the Trump National Doral ahead of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on March 4, 2014 in Doral, Florida. *** Local Caption *** Ty Votaw

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The delayed creation of the Rio Olympic golf course is transitioning out of a construction phase, and the hope is to hold a test event there in late 2015 or early 2016, International Golf Federation vice president Ty Votaw told Golf Channel senior writer Rex Hoggard.

“We’re told that our sport, our venue, is further along than others,” Votaw said. “We’re encouraged by the level of activity that’s taken place.”

Rio Olympic organizers have significantly increased development of the first Olympic golf venue since 1904 in the last few months following noted setbacks.

Votaw would like to be farther along with the readiness of the course, but the expectation remains to have all the grass planted by the end of the year, as Votaw said in May.

Votaw not only discussed the course with Hoggard, but also the system used to determine the makeup of the Olympic golf fields.

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