Rio golf course design shaping up

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We’re guessing not too many Americans want to chat golf after last weekend’s Ryder Cup tumble, but fans of the sport (read: us) are already getting excited for its glorious return to the Olympics in Rio after a 108-year absence from the Games.

So here’s some news: Brazilian architect Pedro Evora, son of 1948 bronze medal basketballer Affonso Evora, has been pegged along with partner Pedro Rivera to design the Rio clubhouse.

Evora told the AP the design, which beat out more than 50 projects, will be an “open space, with full contact with nature, integrated with the landscape.”

And in a stunning upset over Jack Nicklaus, who everyone assumed was the odds on favorite to design the course, Rio’s 18-hole beauty will be sculpted by American Gil Hanse. He’s also been tasked with rennovating Doral’s famous Blue Monster for owner Donald Trump, so Hanse is probably pretty good at what he does.