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Sunday 4th August 2019

Women's British Open: Hinako Shibuno claims stunning win in her first major

Japan's Hinako Shibuno birdied the last hole to clinch a stunning win in the Women's British Open at Woburn.

Shibuno, 20, led by two shots overnight but was soon caught by USA's Lizette Salas in a thrilling final round.

Salas fired the week's lowest round - a seven-under-par 65 - but Shibuno had five birdies on the back nine to win by one shot in her first major.

England's Charley Hull and Bronte Law slipped out of contention with rounds of four and six over respectively.


The Open 2019: Former champion John Daly withdraws after buggy request is turned down

Two-time major winner John Daly has withdrawn from the Open at Royal Portrush after his request to be allowed to use a buggy was turned down.

The 1995 Open winner used a buggy at the US PGA Championship in May because of a knee problem.

American Kevin Streelman will replace Daly in the field.

The Open is returning to Portrush for the first time in 68 years from 18-21 July.


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.