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That would allow a test of more than the golf course, such as gallery movement and all the infrastructure issues that accompany big tournaments.

Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour’s executive vice president of international affairs who serves with Dawson on the IGF, said it could be anything from a PGA Tour event, a WGC, a PGA Tour Latinoamerica tournament or an exhibition.

“It’s all going to be dictated by … how ready the golf course is going to be for a test event, and how ready it will between the test event and the Olympics,” Votaw said.

He said officials would need enough time to make changes if they become obvious after the test event.

One possibility for the test event that was floated two weeks ago _ a World Cup, which now is held every other year at Mission Hills.


NO TRIP FOR KIDS: Paul Lawrie has gone 13 years without playing in the Ryder Cup, the second-longest gap ever in the Ryder Cup. He is 43 and has two sons, 17-year-old Craig and 13-year-old Michael, both of them promising golfers.

But they won’t be making the trip to Chicago for the matches. Lawrie and his wife, Marian, are going alone.

Lawrie said his oldest son is about to start a golf management degree in Dornoch, while his younger son will be going back to school in Aberdeen.

“For me, it’s not an environment for a 13-year-old boy to be at,” Lawrie told Press Association. “We both felt it’s so busy, you’re not going to see anything and if Marian is walking with another wife, who’s going to look after the boys behind the ropes?”

His only other Ryder Cup was in 1999 at The Country Club, before one of the most unruly crowds.


DIVOTS: Keegan Bradley failed to win a major this year, but he still gets to defend his title in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. Bradley was selected as an alternate when PGA champion Rory McIlroy decided not to go because the dates (Oct. 22-24) clash with the BMW Masters in Shanghai, where McIlroy is the defending champion. Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els are expected to play in Bermuda. … Tim Clark has eight straight seasons of at least one runner-up finish. … One of the longer player-caddie stints came to an end when Stewart Cink decided to part ways with Frank Williams.


STAT OF THE WEEK: Phil Mickelson is No. 17 in the FedEx Cup standings. He is the only player to finish inside the top 15 every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.

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