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Tuesday 13th February 2018

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.


Rory McIlroy beaten to Dubai Desert Classic by world number 60 Li Haotong

World number 60 Li Haotong held off four-time major winner Rory McIlroy to win the Dubai Desert Classic.

The Northern Irishman turned a shot deficit at the start of play into a two-shot lead at the 10th, but his Chinese rival hit birdies on 13 and 15.

An errant McIlroy drive led to a bogey on the 16th.

And although he birdied the final two holes, Li, 22, did the same to win by a shot on 23 under as both players finished with three-under-par 69s.

Li, who won the 2016 China Open and finished third at last year's Open Championship, is the first Asian winner of the event, and earned the biggest victory of his fledgling career with a tournament record score.

He will also become the first man from China to break into the world's top 50, having previously made headlines in June 2017 when he threw his putter in a lake at the French Open, only for it to be fished out by his mother.


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.


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.