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Olympic course decision delayed another month

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After hearing presentations for the vision of the golf course to host the sport's return to the Olympics in 2016, the selection committee will reveal the winning design team next month.

The Rio 2016 organizing committee announced Friday the winner selected from eight finalists will be revealed in March at the next planning meeting for the Rio games. The International Olympic Committee will be in Brazil at that time for a project review meeting.

The announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as finalists anticipated an announcement of the winner as soon as Friday.

The eight finalists shared their vision this week in front of a committee of unknown size and makeup. In a release, the committee said it was pleased with all eight competing bids.

It remains unclear, even to the finalists, if the committee has selected a winner or continues to deliberate among proposals. One finalist, however, does believe the deliberation process continues. 

The finalists are: Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, Gary Player Design, Tom Doak, Gil Hanse, Martin Hawtree, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and the team of Peter Thomson, Karrie Webb and Ross Perrett.

The winner will receive a contract to design the course for $300,000.