Padraig Harrington has named Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Harrington will lead Europe at Whistling Straits as Europe bid to defend the cup, having regained it under the leadership of Thomas Bjorn, who also selected Karlsson as first vice-captain, in France last year.

The Irishman held a media conference at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the event marking the first at which European players can earn points towards selection for the 2020 team, on Wednesday. 

He used the opportunity to reveal Karlsson will be a part of his leadership group in Wisconsin, having had a first-hand look at Karlsson's impact at Le Golf National.

"Anybody who was involved in 2018 in the backroom staff would see this as a no-brainer," Harrington said of his selection of Karlsson.

"[He's] a great sounding board, a very logical, a very straight sounding board for me for the next year.

"Robert is an icon for the northern Europeans, I need access to those guys, there can be a disconnect, Robert can help bridge that."

Chilean Joaquin Niemann secured his place in a select club after claiming a six-stroke victory at the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday.

Niemann, 20, fired a six-under 64 in the final round in West Virginia on his way to a resounding win at the opening event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

He became just the third player born outside the United States to win on the PGA Tour before age 21, joining major champions Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.

Niemann produced a brilliant performance, shooting four rounds in the 60s to finish at 21 under.

He ended up well clear of Tom Hoge (65), while Brian Harman (65), Harris English (67), Nate Lashley (69) and Richy Werenski (69) were tied for third at 14 under.

"Amazing. I've been thinking about this my whole life, since I started playing golf, so unbelievable," an emotional Niemann told the Golf Channel after his victory.

"I think I realise what happened today so I just need to calm down a little bit and just celebrate."

Niemann holed eight birdies and two bogeys during his final round, sealing his victory by picking up shots on his final three holes.

Hoge mixed eight birdies with three bogeys in his 65, but the American finished six back from Niemann.

Suzann Pettersen announced her retirement from professional golf in the aftermath of her sensational Solheim Cup heroics for Team Europe.

Europe trailed 13.5-11.5 with three points to play for at Gleneagles, knowing the United States needed just a half to clinch a third consecutive title.

But after Anna Nordqvist and Bronte Law made the improbable suddenly very possible, Pettersen defeated Marina Alex 1up with the final putt of the final hole of the tournament.

The Norweigan, who was one of captain Catriona Matthew's picks, having taken time out in 2017 to have a baby, considered the victory the "perfect closure" as she quit the sport.

"I think this is the perfect closure, the end for my Solheim career and for my professional career," the 38-year-old told a news conference. "It doesn't get any better. To do it with these girls...

"I didn't think I was going to be here four months ago until I met [Matthew] this summer.

"But this is it. I'm completely done. I don't have any plans starting from tomorrow. I'm closing it down tomorrow. What can I say? I'm done."

Reflecting on her crowning Solheim moment, two-time major champion Pettersen opted to deflect praise onto her team-mates.

"I just love my team-mates," she said. "If it wasn't for all of these girls, it wouldn't even have mattered with my putt coming at the end.

"It's an absolute team effort that it ended up coming down to 18th, last putt, last shot. It's the ultimate scenario for both teams really."

USA captain Juli Inkster tried to maintain a positive outlook, believing the incredible finish had been a good advert for the sport.

"I told them afterwards, 'The sun's going to come up tomorrow'," she said. "It was great for women's golf.

"We played great, yesterday [Saturday] was a brutal day of golf. Today, the sun came out and we saw a lot of golf. The Europeans played great, you tip your hat and you move on to Toledo [in 2021]."

Europe pulled of a remarkable last-gasp comeback to claim the Solheim Cup for the first time in six years against the United States at Gleneagles, winning 14.5-13.5.

USA had won the previous two tournaments and looked destined to make it three in a row late in Sunday's singles when they required just half a point to retain the cup with three still to play for.

But the home team, earlier boosted by the outstanding Georgia Hall and debutant Celine Boutier, refused to give up the dream.

The 11-9 lead secured by Hall and Boutier – who both ended with 4-0-0 records – when they followed up their stunning fourballs fightback with another pair of turnarounds had been wiped out, with sisters Nelly and Jessica Korda instead appearing set to be the heroes for USA.

Down 13.5-11.5, Europe rallied and followed up Anna Nordqvist's routine victory with a gritty Bronte Law triumph, meaning it came down to Suzann Pettersen against Marina Alex on the final hole.

The Norwegian, one of captain Catriona Matthew's picks, dropped in a nerveless putt to take the hole, the match and an incredible victory for Europe.

Europe had struck first on Sunday as Carlota Ciganda won the first match to finish at the final when Danielle Kang's putt strayed right, with the American having led heading to the 16th.

That initial lead did not last long as Nelly Korda enjoyed a sensational back nine, winning six holes, to beat Caroline Hedwall 2up.

Then came Hall and Boutier, the former two down through eight but romping past Lexi Thompson 2 and 1, while the latter recovered from her own slow start – losing the first two holes – to win by the same margin against fellow rookie Annie Park.

It appeared their efforts would be in vain, however, as the remaining matches were going the USA's way, and Brittany Altomare celebrated a dominant 5 and 4 thrashing of Jodi Ewart Shadoff, before Angel Yin edged out Azahara Munoz 2 and 1 to level the contest again.

The visitors edged nearer to the required 14 points to retain the title as Jessica Korda followed her sister's success by topping Caroline Masson 3 and 2.

Charley Hull, a star of the 2013 European team, then lost a seemingly costly half a point at the 18th to see her 1up lead over Megan Khang wiped out.

Lizette Salas' 1up success over Anne van Dam put USA on the brink, just half a point away, and even Nordqvist's crushing 4 and 3 win over Morgan Pressel looked to be a mere consolation.

But Law beat Ally McDonald 2 and 1 despite a missed putt at the 17th, with Pettersen seizing the chance to clinch victory after Alex slid her effort past the final hole.

Sergio Garcia won the KLM Open by one shot after Callum Shinkwin squandered his chance to claim a maiden European Tour title.

Garcia and Shinkwin share the lead on 15 under heading into the final round at The International.

It was the experienced Spaniard who held his nerve to claim a 16th European Tour title, carding a three-under 69 to finish a stroke clear of 18-year-old Dane Nicolai Hojgaard.

The 2017 Masters champion hit the turn in 35 following a mixed start, with birdies at three of the first four holes but three bogeys on the front nine in Amsterdam.

Shinkwin led by a shot with nine holes to play, but Garcia's return of three more gains and just one bogey at the penultimate hole were enough for the Ryder Cup legend to take the honours.

Englishman Shinkwin finished back in fifth place on 13 under, a double-bogey six at the 10th and bogeys at two of the last three holes proving costly.

Hojgaard signed for a closing 68 to take second place outright, while Matt Wallace was a shot further back after he matched the teenager's round.

James Morrison was fourth ahead of Shinkwin, who withdrew from his last two European Tour events after being affected by food poisoning followed by a back injury.

Joaquin Niemann edged into a two-stroke lead at the Greenbrier Classic after shooting a two-under 68 in the third round on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Chilean continued his fine showing in West Virginia, moving into 15 under and into the outright lead heading into the final round.

Niemann, a former top-ranked amateur, mixed three birdies with one bogey on a day when play was suspended for just under an hour due to dangerous weather.

His bogey at the par-four 11th was his first of the week, but he leads Richy Werenski (65), Nate Lashley (65) and Robby Shelton (70).

The 65s fired by Werenski and Lashley were the equal best rounds of the day as they chase Niemann, who is aiming for his first PGA Tour victory.

Lashley endured a rollercoaster round, making a flying start with five birdies on his first eight holes before a mixed back nine that included an eagle, a birdie and three bogeys.

Adam Long (70) and Scottie Scheffler (71) are at 12 under, a shot ahead of Joseph Bramlett (65) and Harris English (68).

Patrick Rodgers (66), Tom Hoge (67) and Im Sung-jae (67) are tied for ninth at 10 under.

The Solheim Cup singles will begin with the scores level at 8-8 after the United States erased their one-point deficit on day two at Gleneagles, which featured a sensational comeback from Europe's Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier.

Juli Inkster's USA, the holders of the trophy, fought back strongly in Saturday's afternoon fourballs after the spoils were shared in the morning foursomes.

On another day marred by slow play, the USA at one point held leads in all four afternoon matches and looked set to open up a handy advantage ahead of Sunday's singles.

However, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson rescued half a point for Europe against Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex, while Hall and Boutier somehow turned things around against Ally McDonald and Angel Yin.

Hall and Boutier, who have now triumphed in all three of their matches together, sensationally won each of the final five holes to earn victory, having been three down after four, four down after seven and still three down through 13.

In the other fourball matches, Brittany Altomare and Annie Park edged out Suzann Pettersen and Anne van Dam on the 18th, while Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang beat Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz 2up.

The USA opted to leave out the Korda sisters – Nelly and Jessica – in Saturday's second session despite the pair's unbeaten records, while Charley Hull was omitted by Europe.

Hull and Munoz beat Kang and Megan Khang 4 and 3 in the morning and there was a similarly emphatic victory for the Korda siblings, by 6 and 5 against Ciganda and Bronte Law.

Morgan Pressel and Alex pulled off a superb fightback to beat Anna Nordqvist and Van Dam 2 and 1, after falling four down through six, while Hall and Boutier were too strong for Salas and McDonald in a 3 and 2 victory.

Sergio Garcia holds a share of the lead with Callum Shinkwin going into the final day of the KLM Open, while Matt Wallace broke the course record with a 63 at The International.

Seeking a first win of 2019, his last triumph having come at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters last October, Garcia carded a third-round 66 in Amsterdam on Saturday.

That moved the former Masters champion to 15 under par for the tournament. He and Shinkwin sit two shots clear of Nicolai Hojgaard in third.

Overnight leader Scott Jamieson tumbled out of contention with a miserable four-over 76, a double bogey on the third setting the tone for a day to forget.

That opened the door for Garcia, who hit six birdies - including vital gains at 17 and 18 - in a bogey-free round that ensured he has only dropped one shot through 54 holes.

His chief competition on Sunday will come from world number 446 Shinkwin, who withdrew from his last two European Tour events after being affected by food poisoning followed by a back injury.

The Englishman matched Garcia's six-under effort on moving day courtesy of three birdies in the final five holes.

Shinkwin's compatriot James Morrison is within striking distance three strokes off the pace, just behind Denmark's Hojgaard.

Wallace is also in contention after a stunning round which was three shots better than anyone else in the field. He is in a tie for fifth with Matthew Southgate and Steven Brown, four shots behind the leaders at 11 under.

Further down the leaderboard, Patrick Reed shot 70 to move on to five under par – putting him 10 behind Garcia and Shinkwin.

Joaquin Niemann carded an eight-under 62 to move into a three-way tie for the Greenbrier Classic lead, but the second round belonged to Kevin Chappell.

Niemann, 20, sits at 13 under alongside Scottie Scheffler (62) and Robby Shelton (65) at the halfway mark of the opening event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

But it was Chappell who stole the show, the American becoming the 11th man in PGA Tour history to card a sub-60 round, shooting an 11-under 59.

Chappell marked his first PGA Tour start since November 2018 following microdiscectomy surgery on his back by entering the record books in West Virginia.

He followed up his opening-round 71 with the bogey-free 59, which featured eight consecutive birdies from holes 11 through 18.

The spectacular round was enough to see Chappell sit in outright fifth at 10 under, behind the leading trio and Adam Long, who is at 12 under.

While not as impressive as Chappell, Niemann – a former top-ranked amateur – holed six birdies and an eagle during his round.

Scheffler and Shelton, meanwhile, continued their consistent starts to share a one-stroke lead over Long.

A group of six – Sam Ryder (66), Cameron Smith (64), Morgan Hoffmann (65), Harris English (65), Harold Varner III (66) and Brian Harman (66) – are tied for sixth at nine under.

Defending champion Kevin Na is back in a tie for 25th after following his opening-round 64 with an even-par 70.

Scott Stallings, the 2011 champion, was among the players to miss the cut.

Kevin Chappell became the 11th man in PGA Tour history to card a sub-60 round with a stunning 59 at the Greenbrier Classic.

Chappell marked his first PGA Tour start since November 2018 following microdiscectomy surgery on his back by entering the record books in West Virginia.

There was little sign of what was to come during his first round, however, as he cardeded a one-over-par 71 on his return.

However, he surged up the leaderboard on Friday, including posting nine successive birdies after opening with a par at the 10th.

Mark Calcavecchia is the only other player on the PGA Tour to record nine straight birdies and, though Chappell was unable to take sole ownership of the record, he was able to make further gains at the fifth and seventh.

"I'll be completely honest - I've been pretty uncomfortable for two days," he told the media after his superb round.

"I'm just kind of getting back into the swing of things, it's not as innate as I thought it was to get back out there and compete.

"But I really enjoyed it and embraced it today. Obviously, seeing the ball go in the hole, you can really embrace being uncomfortable."

His remarkable showing moved Chappell into fifth place, three strokes behind leader Scottie Scheffler.

Team Europe will take a one-point lead into the second day of the Solheim Cup on a day marred by controversy surrounding slow play.

Lizette Salas of the United States was twice warned for slow play, though the consensus was she was far from the only offender at Gleneagles.

"It's painfully slow out there," USA captain Juli Inkster conceded, with her team finishing the opening day trailing 4.5 - 3.5.

The deficit would have been greater had Charley Hull and Bronte Law not failed with putts on the 18th during their afternoon fourball matches.

Those missed opportunities resulted in their respective contests being halved, though Europe captain Catriona Matthew was keen to take the positives as they seek to win the cup for the first time since 2013.

"We're a point up. If we're leading at the end of each day, that would be great," Matthew said.

"I think everyone's a little disappointed, but Charley had a great putt on the last, it was just a little firm.

"It's not as if we lost it with bad play; the others birdied it. We're pleased with going in with a one-point lead."

Sergio Garcia is two shots off the lead after two rounds of the KLM Open, with Scott Jamieson's superb seven-under-par 65 moving him top of the leaderboard.

Garcia followed a 68 in the opening round at The International in Amsterdam with a five-under 67 on Friday to stay in the chasing pack.

But that was not enough to claim the lead at the mid-point stage of the tournament as Jamieson set the pace at 11-under going into the weekend.

A blemish-free round saw the Scot record a trio of birdies on the front nine, while four more on the way home left him well in the hunt for his first title since lifting the Nelson Mandela Championship in December 2012 (part of the European Tour's 2013 season).

Day one leader Callum Shinkwin is level with Garcia at nine-under with fellow Englishmen Matthew Southgate and James Morrison, who hit two eagles in the last four holes on a day that could have yielded more with his card also showing five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Among the top rounds of the day was Troy Merritt's seven under, with the American firing six birdies in a row during his stunning 65, a score matched by Yusaku Miyazato as well as Bradley Dredge after the Welshman's eagle at the last.

The 2015 champion Thomas Pieters is seven under while Matt Wallace bounced back from an opening 75 by posting 67 to move two under, one shot behind Patrick Reed, while Lee Westwood will miss the cut after rounds of 70 and 75.

Former world number one Justin Thomas has revealed that he suffered a recent melanoma scare.

The 2017 US PGA Championship winner says he was fortunate that a form of skin cancer was detected in a mole on his left leg at such an early stage.

"I recently had a scare at the dermatologist where a very small mole on my left leg was caught in the early stages of melanoma," the American posted, along with a picture of a big scare on his leg.

"Luckily, we found it at a time where there should be no problems going forward. That being said, EVERYBODY GO GET CHECKED!!

"No harm can come from it and it's the best way to catch anything before it becomes a serious issue. Especially for all the junior golfers (and other athletes) spending so much time in the sun.

"It is so important to make sure you're monitoring your body - no matter how old you are or how much sunscreen you use. It really got my attention, and hoping it does the same to y'all!"

Robby Shelton carded an eight-under-par 62 to lead the Greenbrier Classic after the opening round.

At the 2019-20 PGA Tour season-opening event, Shelton was almost flawless as he earned a two-stroke lead on Thursday.

Shelton – who turned professional in 2016 – had nine birdies and a bogey to finish day one ahead of fellow Americans Scott Harrington, Mark Hubbard, Kevin Na, Lanto Griffin and Zack Sucher.

The 24-year-old Shelton has spent time on multiple golf circuits, including the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and the Korn Ferry Tour.

Defending champion Na was in peak form to start the week but a bogey on his front nine kept him in a five-way tie for second place on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier.

There is a sizable tie for seventh place at five under, with 10 golfers looking to play into the weekend, and even more just one stroke behind in 17th place.

Im Sung-jae is included in the 15-way tie at four under following his first-round 66.

Named Rookie of the Year last season, South Korean Im reached an impressive milestone after recording a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th hole.

Im became the first player on Tour to have two or more aces before the age of 22 since superstar Tiger Woods.

Bubba Watson (69), Branden Grace (70) and J.B. Holmes (71) are also playing this weekend but well behind the leaders.

Callum Shinkwin holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the 100th edition of the KLM Open and Sergio Garcia made an encouraging start.

Englishman Shinkwin, battling to keep his European Tour card, shot a six-under 66 to set the pace at The International in Amsterdam on Thursday.

World number 446 Shinkwin made an eagle at the third and completed a bogey-free back nine, dropping just the one shot in an impressive opening round.

"My golf as of late has not been great, as has my health as well," Shinkwin, who has had a back problem and suffered a recent bout of food poisoning, said.

"The golf is still not there, still very uncomfortable, but I managed to turn it round today and shoot a good round of 66. I'm just working hard and if I'm feeling uncomfortable then that means I'm doing the right things."

Garcia is sitting two shots off the pace following a bogey-free round of 68, with a couple of gains on the front nine and as many after the turn.

Shinkwin's compatriots Chris Paisley, Matthew Southgate and Sam Horsfield are among seven players just one stroke off the pace.

Defending champion Wu Ashun is well poised on three under along with Joost Luiten, a two-time winner of the tournament. 

Luiten, who played with Wu, holed six birdies to go out in 30, but dropped shots at the 11th, 15th and 18th.

Patrick Reed shot a level-par 72, with Lee Westwood two-under, Thomas Pieters one-under and Matt Wallace well off the pace following a 75.

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