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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Five Americans were together on the Olympic Golf Course, checking out everything from the three types of sand in the bunkers to which side of the fairway allowed for the best angle to the green during a practice round Tuesday.The group included Gil Hanse, who was not in a team uniform, didnt have clubs and wont be competing for a medal. And yet he still has plenty at stake.Hanse designed the golf course. And he had more than just the best players in mind when he created it.We needed to build a golf course for the competition, which we knew was how the golf course ultimately would be judged, Hanse said Tuesday. But we also had to help grow the game in Brazil, and it had to be playable for the public.The result was a 7,128-yard course tucked into 240 acres with no trees and no rough, with humps and hollows along the fairways that resembles a links course, and with native areas that make it seem as though it belongs in the famed sand belt region of Melbourne.Only in Rio are players warned about the capybara (a large rodent) and the caiman (a small crocodile) as part of the wildlife on the course, along with the corujas, an owl that burrows in bunkers and could lead to some rulings.So far, the reviews have been positive. Then again, scores dont count until Thursday.Its a fun golf course to play, said Rickie Fowler, who arrived in time for the opening ceremony and has been playing the course since Sunday. Gil did a good job taking nothing and turning it into a great golf course without having time to make any changes or adjustments. Theres a lot of fun characteristics.Hanse, however, is just as interested in what becomes of his course.The way he measures success does not end with the Olympics; thats just the starting point. Brazil has next to no golf heritage, and theres plenty of skepticism that two weeks of Olympic golf will change that.The course will be turned over to the Brazilian Golf Federation for at least 20 years to be a public course. The International Golf Federation is trying to stoke interest over the next two weeks by offering an area where fans can get swing tips and hit into nets, simulators with a closest-to-the-flag and long drive competition, and a six-hole putting course.What happens during the Olympics is going to be the engine for what happens after the Olympics in the success of this golf course, Hanse said. They are inexorably linked. If we have a great champion and a great competition, thats going to bode well. The long-term success of his golf course is probably more important.Theres a chance these players -- 60 men this week, 60 women next week -- might never see this golf course again unless the PGA Tour stages a big event in South America down the road and picks Rio. This is the only continent where the Presidents Cup has not been played. So it would help for golf to put on a good show.That starts with more birdies than bogeys.Hanse did his part with a clever layout in which four of the par 4s are at least 479 yards, and the other par 4s are no more than 412 yards, including the 16th hole that measures 303 yards and can be reached off the tee.Thats the start of a three-hole finish designed to inject some excitement into an Olympic sport that takes four days to find a winner. The par-3 17th is a wedge, and the par-5 18th can be reached in two by every player in the field.We want it to be an exciting course, Hanse said. You look at the last three holes, those guys can go eagle-birdie-eagle to finish. If we wanted it to be difficult and impose our will on the field, we would have done something different. From our standpoint, we want to see scoring.Hanse wants a good winner, too. Most golf architects do, believing the quality of the champion is a reflection on the golf course. More than anything, he wants a finish that will be remembered for years to come -- for the sake of the sports future in the Olympics and the future of his golf course.I think its a success if we get a great winner, Hanse said. Its a home run if we get one of those iconic Olympic moments. If we get that image, that people think five to 10 years from now about Rio 2016 and its a golfer ... if we get one of those moments, its a great thing. . -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores believes last months FA Cup victory over Arsenal makes the league trip to the Emirates an even tougher prospect. The Hornets beat the FA Cup holders 2-1 in an impressive cup quarter-final performance which ended Arsenals hopes of winning the trophy for a third successive season, but Flores insists his side cannot take anything for granted on the back of that success.Arsenal remain in the hunt for the title this season along with bitter rivals Tottenham and league leaders Leicester. When asked if Saturdays match against Arsene Wengers side was likely to be tougher than the cup clash, Flores said: For sure.Its a completely different competition, completely different scenario, completely different match. We need to prepare because they are a very good team but we want to win.Every match is very hard in England, in the FA Cup and the league. We are expecting a very tough match.They have to try to get to the top of the league but they have very good players. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores Arsenal are 11 points behind Leicester, having played one game fewer, heading into the weekend fixtures, but Flores reckons the gap will prove insurmountable to close.ddddddddddddI think it is difficult for anyone to beat, Flores said. For Arsenal, they have a lot of pressure but anything can happen in the Premier League.Arsene Wenger has a lot of experience, I greatly admire him as a coach. What he is doing at Arsenal is very difficult.I respect the fans of Arsenal, they know a lot better than me, but I respect Arsene too.Every time I play against him it is an honour. He has been coaching for a long time. Also See: Mersons predictions PL questions Watford sign striker Adeyemo Get a £10 free bet! 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