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Saturday 27th March 2021

WGC Matchplay: Robert MacIntyre through at Dustin Johnson's expense

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre reached the last 16 of the WGC Matchplay - eliminating world number one Dustin Johnson in the process - by topping their group on a dramatic day in Texas.

England's Tommy Fleetwood survived a late scare to beat US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and also progress.

Spain's Sergio Garcia landed a hole-in-one to beat England's Lee Westwood in a sudden-death play-off.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is out after a tie with Cameron Smith.

After beating McIlroy and Australia's Smith earlier this week, England's Ian Poulter won the group with a 100% record after another win against American Lanto Griffin.

The matchplay tournament at Austin Country Club sees the 64 players split into 16 groups of four, with only the group winners reaching the next stage.


Lee Westwood named 2020 European Tour Golfer of the Year

Lee Westwood has been named 2020 European Tour Golfer of the Year.

It is the fourth time the 47-year-old Englishman has won the award.

Westwood began the year with victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, and ended it by winning the Race to Dubai after finishing runner-up to Matt Fitzpatrick in the DP World Tour Championship this month.

The 10-time Ryder Cup player also hosted the British Masters for the second time at Close House in July.

The tournament marked the full resumption of the European Tour's 2020 season following a three month pause because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson wins at Augusta at record 20 under par

World number one Dustin Johnson won his first Masters by five strokes as he finished with a record-breaking low score of 20 under par at Augusta.

The American posted a four-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea's Sungjae Im.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy's brief charge came too late as he eventually finished nine shots back in tied fifth.

Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 10 on the par-three 12th but recovered with five birdies to finish one under.

Pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau, who won the US Open in September, endured an erratic week and a final-day 73 put him on two under par for the tournament.

World number three Justin Thomas finished fourth at 12 under after carding a two-under 70 on the final day.


Finca Cortesin in Spain to host Solheim Cup 2023

Finca Cortesin in Andalucia will host the 2023 Solheim Cup - the first time Spain has staged the match between Europe and the United States.

Spain will become the sixth European nation to stage the biggest team event in women's golf.

The country hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997, at Valderrama, and has staged 75 events on the Ladies European Tour and its development tour.

The dates for the event are yet to be finalised.

Finca Cortesin, which hosted the 2012 World Match Play won by Nicolas Colsaerts, was designed by American architect Cabell Robinson and is regarded as one of the top-10 courses in Spain.


BMW PGA Championship: Tyrrell Hatton seals four-shot win at Wentworth

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton sealed his fifth European Tour win with a four-stroke victory at the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The 28-year-old world number 15 from Buckinghamshire was three ahead overnight and shot a five-under 67 for a 19-under total on the West Course.

Victor Perez of France challenged but eventually finished second after a 68.

Andy Sullivan's 65 put him joint third with Patrick Reed, with Tommy Fleetwood tied 13th at nine under after a 73.

The victory will see Hatton break into the world's top 10 for the first time when the rankings are updated on Monday, two days before his 29th birthday.


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.