Dates announced for 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles

A general view of Gleneagles golf course

The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles will be held between 13 and 15 September.

The biennial women’s match-play event between Europe and the United States was last held in Scotland in 2000.

“This date will allow the 2019 Solheim Cup to be the highest profile golf event taking place in Europe and the US,” said Paul Bush, director of events at Visit Scotland.

“It will also be the highest profile event taking place from a global sports perspective.”

The Gleneagles bid was led by Visit Scotland in conjunction with the Scottish government.

Scotland was among 10 countries to submit expressions of interest in the 2019 event and was chosen ahead of Bro Hof Slott in Sweden in the final vote.

The 2017 event will take place at Des Moines in Iowa, United States, between 18 and 20 August.

Solheim Cup winning teams
Germany, 2015: United States Colorado, 2013: Europe
Ireland, 2011: Europe Illinois, 2009: United States
Sweden, 2007: United States Indiana, 2005: United States
Sweden, 2003: Europe Minnesota, 2002: United States
Scotland, 2000: Europe Ohio, 1998: United States
Wales, 1996: United States West Virginia, 1994: United States
Scotland, 1992: Europe Florida, 1990: United States

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Donald edged out by rookie Bryan at Heritage

Wesley Bryan

RBC Heritage final leaderboard
-13 W Bryan (US); -12 L Donald (Eng); -11 P Cantlay (US), O Schniederjans (US), W McGirt (US); -10 B Gay (US), JJ Spaun (US), G DeLaet (Can)
Selected others: -8 M Kuchar (US), R Knox (Sco), I Poulter (Eng); -7 F Molinari (Ita); -5 G McDowell (NI), T Hatton (Eng)
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Rookie Wesley Bryan carded a final-round 67 to win the RBC Heritage by one shot from England’s Luke Donald at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

The 27-year-old held off former world number one Donald, who finished one shot back on 12 under – his fifth second-place finish at the tournament.

Donald hit three birdies in four holes down the back nine but South Carolina-born Bryan took his first PGA title.

England’s Ian Poulter shot 73 on Sunday to finish in an 11-way tie for 11th.

Bryan, who birdied four consecutive holes on the front nine and secured the lead with a birdie on the 15th, became the first native South Carolinian to win the Heritage in its 49-year history.

Donald, who shared the halfway lead, is now ranked 96 in the world and without a PGA Tour title since 2012.

“After starting with a seven at the second, to bounce back, I’m pleased with the way I played this week,” he told Sky Sports.

“I just need a tiny bit more off the tee and hopefully I can give myself some more chances.”

One last chance for Poulter

Ian Poulter

Poulter was in fifth place going into Sunday’s final round but carded four bogeys for his worst score of the week.

And despite recording his best-ever finish at the tournament, there was disappointment for the 41-year-old – who finds himself in a precarious position.

Playing on a medical exemption after foot surgery last year, Poulter needed to finish outright 12th or better to secure his playing card for the rest of the season.

But an 11-way tie for 11th, in the the penultimate event of his 10-tournament exemption, was not enough and he now has just one chance to collect the prize money he needs to secure his playing status.

“I’m a little hot under the collar right now. Today could have been a victory and I’ve let it slip,” he told Sky Sports.

“To three-putt from 25 feet is unacceptable. I should have got it done today. I didn’t do what I needed to do and shut out some of the putts I needed to.

“I played well enough to win the golf tournament today. I need to continue to work harder on the putting.”

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Ian Poulter fifth despite alligator attention as Jason Dufner leads at RBC Heritage

Ian Poulter

RBC Heritage third round leaderboard
-13 J Dufner (US); -12 G DeLaet (Can); -11 K Kisner, W Simpson (both US); -10 I Poulter (Eng); -9 L Donald (Eng), W Bryan, W McGirt (both US)
Selected others:-8 T Hatton (Eng); -5 R Knox (Sco); -4 A Johnston (Eng), G McDowell (NI); -3 M Laird (Sco), S Lowry (Ire)

Ian Poulter moved to within three shots of the lead at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina – after fending off the attentions of an alligator.

The Englishman shot a third-round 69 to move to 10 under, with American Jason Dufner leading the field on 13 under.

Overnight co-leader Luke Donald of England dropped back after a 72.

Poulter, 41, hit his tee shot into the water on the 10th hole and took a drop on the bank, only to spot an alligator in the shallows nearby.

His playing partner Webb Simpson’s caddie eventually chased it away but Poulter would double bogey the hole and bogey the next, before a birdie on the 14th helped him remain in contention.

“I took a couple of dummy swings and he decided to come in and take a closer look,” Poulter told Sky Sports.

“I wasn’t very comfortable with that. It’s a little unnerving. I didn’t want to put my club in the water because I didn’t want him to take it. One of the other caddies came in and was a bit more aggressive, and he went.”

Asked if the incident had affected his play, Poulter said: “No, not at all. My game feels good and I feel confident going into tomorrow.”

Poulter is playing on a major medical exemption after foot surgery last year and has this week and one more start to collect the prize money he needs to secure his playing status for the rest of the season.

Despite three bogeys on the front nine, Dufner’s two eagles and five birdies helped him to a 65 and moved him to 13 under at Hilton Head.

Canada’s Graham DeLaet is second after a 69, one ahead of Kevin Kisner and Simpson.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton remains in contention after a three-under 68 saw him move to eight under, a shot behind Donald and five shots adrift of 2013 PGA Championship winner Dufner.

However, Scotland’s Russell Know fell behind as a one-over 72 saw him fall to a tie for 20th place, one shot in front of England’s Andrew Johnston and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.

Jason Dufner

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Lotte Championship: Cristie Kerr overhauls Su-Yeon Jang to win in Hawaii

Cristie Kerr

Lotte Championship fourth-round leaderboard
-20 Kerr (US) -17 Ko (NZ), In Gee (Kor), Su-Yeon (Kor); -16 Sharp (Can); -15 So Yeon (Kor); -14 Jutanugarn (Tha), Lewis (Can)
Selected others: -10 Morgan (Wal); -6 Law (Eng); -4 Meadow (NI); Level Shadoff (Eng)

American Cristie Kerr overhauled South Korea’s Su-Yeon Jang with a final round of 66 to win the Lotte Championship by three strokes in Hawaii.

Kerr, 39, followed up her stunning third-round 62 with another bogey-free round to finish on 20 under par.

Jang held a three-shot lead at the end of the third round and led for much of Saturday but slipped back with a double bogey at the eighth.

She finished tied for second on 17 under with Lydia Ko and In Gee Chun.

New Zealand’s Ko, the world number one, came home with eight birdies in the final 12 holes for a round of 64.

Kerr described her final two days as “an unbelievable run”.

She added: “It’s been an epic day. It didn’t start out so hot, but I knew if I just hung in there and made a couple birdies I would get it going, and the back nine was magic for me this week.”

Becky Morgan of Wales finished tied for 16th on 10 under par after closing with a 70, while England’s Bronte Law shot a 72 for six under par and a share of 39th place.

Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow was two shots further back on two under following a fourth-round 70.

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Jason Dufner leads by one after third round at RBC Heritage as Donald drops back

Jason Dufner

RBC Heritage third-round leaderboard
-13 J Dufner (US); -12 G DeLaet (Can); -11 K Kisner, W Simpson (both US); -10 I Poulter (Eng); -9 L Donald (Eng), W Bryan, W McGirt (both US)
Selected others:-8 T Hatton (Eng); -5 R Knox (Sco); -4 A Johnston (Eng), G McDowell (NI); -3 M Laird (Sco), S Lowry (Ire)

American Jason Dufner will take a one shot lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina after carding a six-under 65 on Saturday.

Despite hitting three bogeys on the front nine, Dufner, 40, also made two eagles and five birdies to move to 13-under for the tournament.

Canada’s Graham DeLaet is second, one stroke ahead of Americans Kevin Kisner and Webb Simpson at Hilton Head.

Ian Poulter is fifth, having seen his third round delayed by an alligator.

The Englishman hit his tee shot on the 10th hole into the water and took a drop on the bank, but was forced to wait after spotting the alligator in the shallows nearby, before playing partner Simpson’s caddie chased it away.

Poulter proceeded to double bogey the hole and bogey the next, but a birdie on the 14th helped him card a two-under 69 and move to 10 under.

Compatriot Luke Donald, who held the overnight lead alongside DeLaet, shot a one-over round of 72 to drop back into a tie for sixth on nine under.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton remains in contention after a three-under 68 saw him move to eight under, five shots adrift of 2013 PGA championship winner Dufner.

However, Scotland’s Russell Know fell behind as a one-over 72 saw him fall to a tie for 20th place, one shot in front of England’s Andrew Johnston and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.

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Lotte Championship: Su-Yeon Jang leads by three shots in Hawaii

Su-Yeon Jang

Lotte Championship third-round leaderboard
-17 Su-Yeon (Kor); -14 Kerr (US), Sharp (Can); -12 In Gee (Kor); -11 Jutanugarn (Tha); -10 So Yeon (Kor); -9 Ko (NZ), Ciganda (Spa), Clanton (US)
Selected others: -8 Morgan (Wal); -6 Law (Eng); -2 Meadow (NI)

South Korea’s Su-Yeon Jang will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the weather-hit Lotte Championship.

Su-Yeon, who finished her second round on Friday after bad weather affected Thursday’s play, then shot a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 to reach 17 under.

American Cristie Kerr’s 62 equalled the tournament and course record to move into a tie for second with Canada’s Alena Sharp on 14 under in Hawaii.

Wales’ Becky Morgan shot a 72 to drop to 10th, nine shots off the lead.

World number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand matched Su-Yeon’s 65 and is tied in seventh on nine under.

England’s Bronte Law is on six under, while Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow is further back on two under.

Friday’s third round was affected by the weather with a delay of just over an hour, with more rain forecast for Saturday.

Su-Yeon, who was invited to the tournament by the sponsors, said: “Because I had to finish up the second round this morning and play another 18 I was a little bit tired.

“But I know I’m so far away from home and I travelled so long to play this tournament, so I try to tell myself just to suck it up and have a good time and play a good round.”

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Luke Donald shares halfway lead with Graham DeLaet at RBC Heritage

Luke Donald in round two action at Hilton Head

RBC Heritage second-round leaderboard
-10 G DeLaet (Can), L Donald (Eng); -8 I Poulter (Eng), W Simpson (US); -7 B Cauley (US), P Perez (US), J Dufner (US), N Taylor (Can), S Saunders (US)
Selected others: -6 R Knox (Sco); -5 T Hatton (Eng); -3 M Laird (Sco), A Johnston (Eng); -2 G McDowell (NI)

Englishman Luke Donald chipped in for a birdie at the final hole to share the halfway lead at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

The 39-year-old former world number one is now ranked 96 in the world and without a PGA Tour title since 2012.

But his fifth birdie gave him a four-under 67 and took him to 10 under alongside Canadian Graham DeLaet.

Ian Poulter enhanced his quest for a PGA Tour card with a 68 to earn a share of third place, two strokes back.

The 41-year-old is playing the penultimate event of his 10-tournament medical exemption and will secure his card with 12th place or better.

He had five birdies to reach eight under at the Harbour Town links.

Donald, four times a runner-up in the tournament, had three consecutive birdies on the front nine and a superb bunker shot to two feet from a precarious plugged lie helped him to save par at the 17th.

He then produced a delicate lofted chip from the right of the 18th fairway that checked and trickled into the cup.

De Laet, the world number 128, is still to win on the PGA Tour and has missed four cuts this season, but he eagled the par-four ninth en route to a 67.

Danny Willett, who missed the cut in his defence of the Masters at Augusta, had two double bogeys in a 78 that left him at seven over absent for the weekend for a second tournament in succession.

Another Sheffield golfer, Matt Fitzpatrick, who was 32nd at Augusta, also missed the cut after four bogeys and a double bogey in a 72 for a three-over total.

But Scotsman Russell Knox, who missed the cut at Augusta, had four birdies in five holes in a 66 to reach six under, one ahead of England’s Tyrrell Hatton.

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, who has missed the cut in three of his six PGA Tour events this season, is three under after a 71.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, winner of this event after a play-off in 2013, is eight shots off the lead after four birdies in a 68.

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Lalla Meryem Cup: Lydia Hall holds two-stroke lead in Morocco

Lydia Hall

Wales’ Lydia Hall holds a two-stroke lead in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco.

Hall, 29, hit a four-under-par 68 to finish her second round on seven under par, two shots ahead of England’s Annabel Dimmock.

Norwegian Suzann Pettersen is a stroke further behind in third place.

“I needed to stay patient and not get ahead of myself. I made a lot of pars and kept the mistakes off the card,” Hall said.

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