Olympic decision: McIlroy to play for Ireland in 2016
Former executive director of the European Tour, Ken Schofield gives his input on Rory McIlroy's decision to play for Ireland for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Watch Morning Drive everyday at 7 AM ET.
Struggles: Bubba on Sunday; Olympic course
Geoff Shackelford on the Sunday struggles for Bubba Watson and latest on Rio's preparations for the Olympics. Watch Morning Drive everyday at 7AM ET.
Who joins Tiger on the Olympic Team?
GolfChannel.com writer Ryan Lavner joins Bailey Mosier to discuss the players they think will comprise the 2016 Olympic Team in Rio.
Jimmy Roberts talks Olympic Golf
Jimmy Roberts sits down with Gary Williams from Sochi to talk about the Olympics and how golf plays into that. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.
Report: Rio course construction could be halted
Course construction in Rio could be facing another road block, with Brazilian prosecutors threatening to halt progress unless developers produce necessary paperwork.
In Play Feature: Gil Hanse and the 2016 Olympic Golf Course
In Play profiles the course designer for the 2016 Olympics, Gil Hanse and we get a glimpse of the progress being made in Rio.don't know that we will ever get to build a more significant golf course . I think it is the opportunity of a lifetime. -In March of 2012, this small town designer beat out seven of the industry's biggest names, including Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus , Greg Norman , and Gary Player for arguably the most important golf course to be built in decades, maybe ever. -It's always been our goal to be intentionally small. You know, we didn't wanna havefor his minimalist design philosophy, Hanse and his design partners presented the Olympic Committee a plan in hopes of leaving much of the property intact. But there was one other ace in the hole. -I am willing to say to this committee right now that if we are selected to do this golf course and do the designs, I will move to Rio for the period of construction. I will come down here with my wife and 15-year-old daughter. I don't see how a golf course can be designed from a different continent or on a computer or in an office. It was always gonna be part ofwe're all set and done. It should be pretty cool. -Building a golf course for the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I definitely felt like it would be a great opportunity for our family. I also
Morning Drive: Scott and Day team up for Olympics?
Adam Scott and Jason Day have had much success in recent tournaments, but what does that mean for Australia's team in the 2016 Olympics? Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.-Lead by Adam Scott , these two are revitalizing golf in Australia. I mean this is front page, not front page of the Sports section. This is front page stuff. I'm gonna presume that they don't have ticker-tape parades in Australia. I'm pretty sure they don't have ticker-tape anywhere anymore. But-- but if they did, these two will get the equivalent of that. And here what's really important. The kids are watching. You think about all the kids who watched Greg Norman . These two watched Greg Norman . That's how they get where they are in-- in a world of golf. The kids are watching these two now. You think about how many kids these little run right here, these three weeks are gone. Hey mom, dad Christmas is coming up maybe, maybe I can get some golf clubs 'cause I wanna be like those two guys. -You know who else is watching? Is their fellow Aussie professional golfers. -Uhum. -I haven't seen the kind of support when Adam Scott won the Masters. If we went-- if you went online on Twitter you would see every single Australian professional golfer that wassaid he sat on the couch, was nursing his daughter and watching Adam Scott win the Masters. He send he text message Adam Scott , what you've done is unbelievable. And Adam can hardly put words together. He was so excited. So you-- I think [unk] exactly might this will affect Geoff Ogilvy [unk] as the major champion. This will affect I believe Mark Leishman who was shotgun with Adam Scott at the Masters Tournament back in April. I think it's in a huge renaissance right now for the game of golf in Australia. - Greg Norman tweeted this morning a congratulations to both gentlemen. Greg Norman celebrated that night in the United States in South Florida when Adam won. Where was he on the New Morning? In the
Growing, growing, gone: O'Grady talks growth
George O'Grady discusses what the European Tour does on a global level to bring itself to new heights, including their support of the Amateur Golf Federation, the PGA Tour, the Ryder Cup and the Olympic Games.European Tour inspires people to play the game. We used several different techniques to do that. We support the Amateur Golf Federation throughout the world. We support the PGAs throughout the world. We've used the Ryder Cup to grow the game in the countries we go to. We've supported Golf's Inclusion, the Olympic Games and that, I think, more than anything else in the countries we visit had a really strong impact. The European Tour's always enjoy a really good relationship with the Chinese Golf Association. This year's are our 42nd co-sanctioned event, our first big challenge tour event in China. We give the Chinese players a chance to play against good and top professionals. The growth has been staggering certainly since golf became an Olympic sport and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the CGA for many years to come. No one can be immune to the Eurasian crisis. Golf will come back in spring, Tournament Golf, because we represent credibility and visibility and tremendous value for money. In the meantime, we formed a great partnership in South Africa with the Sunshine Tour , seven co-sanctioned events plus the Volvo Champion Tournament in Durban. We've looked at all the different parts of the world. The Czech