Neil Cleverly, superintendent at Rio's new Olympic Course, believes players like Rory McLlroy, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood- whom he calls skilled at a "bump-and-run" game- will play well.
"There's going to be some players that shoot horrible numbers, there always is, and there are going to be some surprising players," said Cleverly. "They're going to be very cautious and lay up and they're going to play their short game."
The Gil Hanse-designed course, located in a nature reserve in western Rio, has been mired in controversy since its inception; allegations range from to political and financial corruption to environmental damage. When Rio mayor Eduardo Paes was asked why he didn't defend the course sooner, he replied, "I never thought it would be such a big problem."
The course will host the first Olympic golf tournament in over a century.
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