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Monday 15th April 2019

Tiger Woods wins 2019 Masters at Augusta to claim 15th major

Tiger Woods produced a scintillating finish to win a fifth Masters title and end an 11-year wait to claim a 15th major.

There were raucous celebrations around the 18th green as Woods finished with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 under, one clear of fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

Woods, written off by so many so often as he battled back problems in recent years, punched the air in delight, a wide smile across his face, before celebrating with his children at the back of the green.

Victory caps a remarkable resurgence for Woods, who missed the 2016 and 2017 Masters with back problems before finally undergoing back fusion surgery in April of that year.

A superb 2018 followed where he challenged at The Open before finishing joint sixth and pushed eventual champion Koepka close at the US PGA Championship.

He then capped off the season by winning the Tour Championship for his 80th PGA Tour title and this victory puts him one behind the record of 82 held by Sam Snead.

Overnight leader Francesco Molinari's hopes sunk with two double bogeys on the back nine and he had to settle for a share of fifth on 11 under after a two-over 74.

Ian Poulter's chances ended after he hit his tee shot into the water on the 12th and he closed with a 73 for a share of 12th on eight under, three shots ahead of fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who carded rounds of 70 and 71 respectively.


 

The Open 2022: Royal Liverpool to host major for 13th time

Royal Liverpool Golf Club will host the Open Championship in 2022.

It will be the 13th time the Hoylake venue has hosted the championship, with Rory McIlroy winning on the last occasion it staged the event in 2014.

Governing body the R&A said the 151st edition of the major will take place from 10-17 July.

This year's Open will be held at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, followed by Royal St George's in England in 2020 and St Andrews in 2021.


 

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.


 

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.