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How 2016 Olympics will affect golf’s majors (video)


It’s early August, which in golf means it’s PGA Championship week. That will change in 2016.

Golf returns to the Olympics in Rio in 2016, when the Games run from Aug. 5-21. The PGA Championship will be held at Baltustrol in New Jersey in three years, but it likely won’t be in August, PGA of America president Ted Bishop told Golf Channel.

“We haven’t set a date yet for 2016, but I doubt very seriously if it would be after Labor Day,” he said. “I would think that what you’re going to see in 2016 probably would be a sliding forward of the majors. I think the discussions we’ve had would be if the PGA Championship would probably take place some time in late July, a couple of weeks after the Open Championship.”

The Olympic golf tournaments will include 60 men and 60 women in an individual 72-hole stroke-play format. For the men, the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will earn automatic spots up to four players for one nation. The remaining spots are filled by the remaining nations receiving two spots per gender, again using the OWGR.

Ty Votaw, vice president of the International Golf Federation, also provided an update on the Rio golf course, the specifics of the tournament and more.

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Ex-Canadian Olympic Committee president sorry for behavior, quits law firm

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MONTREAL (AP) — Former Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut has apologized for his behavior amid allegations he sexually harassed several women.

He said in a statement Friday he has been “living in turmoil,” offering “unreserved apologies” from the “bottom of my heart” to all who have been hurt by his conduct. The 67-year-old Aubut adds he is leaving his BCF law firm and seeking counseling.

Aubut resigned as Canadian Olympic Committee president last weekend after women accused him of sexual comments and unwanted touching. Interim president Tricia Smith has said the organization’s board was not aware of “any specific interactions that would be construed as harassment.”

Aubut was CEO of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques until the team moved to Colorado in 1995. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Magnificent Seven reunion in the works

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Magnificent Seven teammates had a message for team captain Amanda Borden after they won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

“You have to get us back together,” Borden remembered in a phone interview Friday.

Reunions have been rare in the last 15 years, but Borden said she’s been in contact with all of her teammates to arrange at least one get-together in 2016 to mark the 20-year anniversary of their Olympic triumph.

“It’s easier said than done,” said Borden, who owns two Phoenix-area gyms with her husband and has three children. “I know every one of us really wants to make it happen. We are definitely doing it. It’s just a matter of if all of us can be there.”

It may happen in Atlanta. It may be at a USA Gymnastics event, such as the Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., in July. It may be somewhere less visible, such as a warm beach.

It probably won’t happen in Rio de Janeiro, because it’s hard to coordinate the schedules of all seven women for an event abroad, even though some will be at the Olympics anyway.

Borden and Kerri Strug said they don’t remember all seven members of the team being together since 2008, the year the Magnificent Seven shared a stage for a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction (photo here).

“[Borden] has put out the feelers; it seems like we’re on board,” Strug said while in New York last month for an Epson “Swimming in Ink” event with U.S. synchronized swimmers. “Do we want to do a cruise or take a vacation?”

The other Magnificent Seven team members were Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon MillerDominique Moceanu and Jaycie Phelps.

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