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Host site confirmed for golf in 2016 Olympic Games

SANDWICH, England – A new course in the seaside region of Barra in Rio de Janeiro will host the golf tournament at the 2016 Olympics.

The Royal & Ancient governing body says the Riserva Uno site has been confirmed by Rio’s organizing committee as the venue for golf, which is returning to the Olympic program for the first time since 1904.

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, says “commercial negotiations are under way to acquire that site … and a golf course will be designed by an architect yet to be determined.”

Dawson says organizers need to move quickly to ensure the course is built in time for test events in 2015.

As well as individual stroke-play events, Dawson says a team event could also be added to the schedule.