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Bidding for Rio — and beyond

What figures to be golf's most scrutinized new course could have its architect by the end of the week.

The eight finalists for the 2016 Rio Olympics design project — a list that includes Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player — wrapped up two days of presentations to organizers Wednesday in Brazil. From there, a selection committee will wrestle with the final choice.

Rio 2016 will mark golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. But there's no guarantee it'll remain beyond 2020, leaving bidders fully aware of the need for a good first impression.

"In 2017, they vote on whether golf will continue in the...