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Wednesday 20th February 2019

Ryder Cup: Steve Stricker named US captain for 2020 against Europe

Steve Stricker will captain the United States as they try to reclaim the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in 2020.

The 51-year-old was on the winning side as a player in 2008, but also played in the 2010 and 2012 losses to Europe.

He was selected as a vice-captain last year by Jim Furyk, as the US lost 17½-10½ at Le Golf National in France, their seventh defeat since 1999.

Irishman Padraig Harrington, a three-time major winner, has already been chosen as Europe's captain.


 

Race to Dubai: Biggest top prize in golf of £2.3m announced by European Tour

Golf's biggest first prize will be awarded at the European Tour's season-ending event in Dubai in November.

The winner will net $3m (£2.3m), an increase of $1.67m on the amount won by Englishman Danny Willett last year.

The aim is to encourage more big name players to complete the Race to Dubai.

Last year world number one Justin Rose skipped the tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estates because he had no chance of overhauling Francesco Molinari for the overall Race to Dubai title.

Only two players, Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, still had the opportunity of winning the season-long money list by the time players arrived in the Middle East for the closing event.

The overall prize fund remains at $8m (£6.2m) but the field will be cut from 60 to the top 50 on the money list. The distribution of the prize money will be top loaded to provide the sport's largest winner's cheque for an individual tournament.

It is one of a series of changes announced by the European Tour for the climax of 2019 season. There are also significant increases for finishing first at the Turkish Airlines Open and South Africa's Nedbank Challenge.

The champion in Turkey will take home $2m and the following week at Sun City the winner will collect $2.5m.

Again, the total prize funds for both tournaments remain unaltered but the fields will be reduced, with 70 men at the Turkish event and 60 in South Africa.


 

Solheim Cup 2019: Dame Laura Davies named Europe vice-captain

Despite saying that she has no leadership ambitions, Dame Laura Davies has been named as a vice-captain to Europe's team for next year's Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.

Skipper Catriona Matthew appointed Davies, the continent's most successful Solheim player, to complete her backroom team for the contest against the United States from 13-15 September.

Davies, who has always said she has no interest in a captaincy role, is the event's leading points scorer with 25 and has played in a record 12 events.

She will join Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie to support captain Matthew as Europe seek to win back the trophy for the first time since 2013.


 

Francesco Molinari wins The Open after holding off Woods, Rose and McIlroy

Francesco Molinari has become the first Italian to win a major, holding off a pack of star names to claim The Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Molinari produced a two-under final round of 69 in windy conditions on the Scottish links to finish eight under.

He finished two ahead of four players, including home favourites Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, tied on six under.

Tiger Woods finished five under after leading midway through the round, with Jordan Spieth on four under.

Molinari, 35, emerged from a six-way tie for the lead, when all the players were either on the back nine or in the clubhouse, to lift the Claret Jug.

The Europe Ryder Cup player started the final day three shots adrift of overnight leaders Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele, but maintained composure while his rivals all dropped shots in a thrilling battle for the lead.


 

St Andrews to host 150th Open in 2021

St Andrews will host the 150th Open Championship in 2021, organisers have announced.

It will be the 30th time the Scottish course has staged the tournament, extending its own record.

It was last held at St Andrews in 2015, when American Zach Johnson won his second major title in a play-off.

This year's Open will be held at Carnoustie, in Scotland, followed by Northern Ireland's Royal Portrush in 2019 and Royal St George's in England in 2020.


 

The Open: 2020 Championship to be held at Royal St George's

The 2020 Open Championship will be staged at Royal St George's.

The Kent club has hosted The Open 14 times, most recently in 2011, when Darren Clarke won the event for the first time.

The club voted in March 2015 to admit female members for the first time in its history.

"It is a thrilling prospect to see the greatest players competing on one of the world's finest links courses," R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.

The 149th Open will be played from 16-19 July 2020.