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Monday 9th October 2017

Dunhill Links: Tyrrell Hatton wins as Ross Fisher claims new course record

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to defend the Dunhill Links Championship title as he recorded a three-shot victory at St Andrews.

The world number 29 began the final day at the Old Course five ahead and shot a six-under 66 to win on 24 under.

Ross Fisher set a new course record with an 11-under 61 to claim second.

World number six Rory McIlroy will end 2017 without a title, carding a 72 in his final round of the year to finish 20 strokes behind the winner.


The Open 2017: Jordan Spieth holds off Matt Kuchar to win third major

Jordan Spieth won The Open at Royal Birkdale by three shots after an enthralling battle with Matt Kuchar.

Spieth, 23, blew a three-shot overnight lead by the turn and trailed Kuchar after dropping a shot on the 13th.

But he wrestled back the lead with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to finish on 12 under and win his third major after the Masters and US Open.

The American is the second player after Jack Nicklaus to win three of golf's four majors before the age of 24.

The world number three is the youngest Open winner since 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros won the first of his three titles in 1979.


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.


Ryder Cup 2018: Europe to increase wildcards from three to four

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will have four wildcard picks for his team in 2018.

The increase from three is among several changes the European Tour has made to its qualifying criteria for the event at Le Golf National in France.

Tournaments in the latter half of the season will carry weighted points, helping in-form players to qualify.

Players will also only have to play four tournaments instead of five to retain their Tour membership.

Only European Tour members can be selected for the Ryder Cup.

The 12-man European team for next year's competition will comprise the first four players from the European points list, the leading four players from the world points list and four captain's picks.

The qualifying process for the event - to take place from 28-30 September - will begin from the Czech Masters in Prague in August this year.


Rome to host Ryder Cup in 2022

Italy will host the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022 at the Marco Simone course in Rome.

It will be the 44th edition of the biennial team tournament between Europe and the United States of America.

Europe has held the event outside of England on only five other occasions - Muirfield (1973) and Gleneagles (2014) in Scotland, Spain (1997), Republic of Ireland (2006) and Wales (2010).

Europe defend their title in Minnesota next year before France hosts in 2018.

Italy beat Austria, Germany and Spain in the bidding process.