Commissioner makes his Olympics push

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WHAT'S NEW: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem offered his support Tuesday for golf to become an Olympic sport, an endorsement that could give golf its strongest chance since it was dropped more than 100 years ago.

THE PROCESS: Because the International Olympic Committee requires seven years for a sport to be added, the earliest golf could be part of the Olympics is 2016. The IOC will meet next year to vote on a host for the 2016 Games and decide whether to include additional sports.

IN THE PAST: It almost was part of the Atlanta Games in 1996 -- at Augusta National Golf Club, no less -- until IOC member Anita DeFrantz and others criticized the club's all-male membership.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "I'm a great advocate of golf being part of the program and think it belongs there," said Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National who ran the Atlanta Games, last week at the Masters Tournament. "That would be a way of importantly introducing the game to a lot of countries."

-- Associated Press

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