Tom Fazio listened to Faldo's pitch on Thursday night and agreed to join Sir Nick in his bid to the International Golf Federation. "The Olympics are so special and this could be the ultimate one-off," Faldo said Friday from Atlanta Athletic Club. "Tom's a great architect and I think I've got him juiced."
Fazio's name and his working relationship with Augusta National have to get the attention of Peter Dawson, secretary of the R&A and president of the International Golf Federation. Ty Votaw, VP of the IGF, said that 16-20 companies have indicated interest, including Jack Nicklaus-Annika Sorenstam and Greg Norman-Lorena Ochoa.
Fazio does most of his work in the United States but has a course under construction in Sao Paulo that is being overseen by his son, Logan. Faldo assured Fazio that he would handle the egos and had conversations at the PGA with Votaw and Ernie Els, who said he would be on board.
"I want to give it another couple days in my mind to filter through the pieces," Fazio said. "I think the so-called problems can be addressed. I think it's bigger than any individual."
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