Peter Dawson admitted that the golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is not as advanced as it should be: “The design looks good but the progress with the construction is not where we want it to be.”
Dawson, who is serving as president of the International Federation, added that it will be “a struggle” to schedule the test event that is meant to happen a year ahead of the games.
“Golf is not the only thing which is behind schedule,” he said. “Rio has got a few challenges ahead.”
Asked if there is a Plan B in place in the event of the course not being ready, Dawson replied in the negative, saying that worried though he is, he still thinks everything will come right in time.
In reference to the seemingly too-ordinary 72-hole stroke-play format that is to be employed for the Olympics, Dawson said that team events, for Olympic purposes, have to be “interactive.”
In the light of this, the likely players, with specific reference to the men, asked for the 72-hole stroke-play option, feeling that since there is an Olympic gold medal on offer, the test needs to be no less rigorous than for a major championship.