Marcus Kinhult held his nerve in a dramatic finish at the British Masters to win his first European Tour title.

The Swede finished his round with two straight birdies at 17 and 18 on Sunday to reach 16 under par, good enough to claim the title by one shot.

Matt Wallace, Robert MacIntyre and defending champion Eddie Pepperell all finished in a tie for second, denied the chance for a play-off by Kinhult's nerveless eight-foot putt to move ahead at the last.

Kinhult is ranked 210 in the world and had missed the cut in six of his previous seven tournaments but overcame adversity in his final round to triumph in Southport.

He had bogeyed 15 and 16, just as Pepperell (66) and MacIntyre (68) were launching ideally timed charges up the leaderboard to take the clubhouse lead, but recovered to triumph.

Wallace, with whom Kinhult had shared the overnight lead, was in contention throughout the day and also had a birdie opportunity on the last, though he could only manage a one-under 71, paying the price for bogeying the 12th for a second straight round.

Richie Ramsay started the day in third but his round was unexpectedly interrupted by a family of ducks on the second hole. He went on to record a double bogey in a level-par 72, giving him a fifth-place finish.

Tommy Fleetwood struggled to a one-over 73 on the final day, but a tie for eighth place was still enough to match the best finish by a tournament host.

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Matt Wallace ceded a three-shot lead to Marcus Kinhult on the back nine as the pair finished round three level at the top of the British Masters leaderboard.

Having produced a flawless second round on Friday, four-time European Tour winner Wallace birdied his opening three holes and led by three at the turn, having sensationally got himself out of trouble to save par on the sixth.

But with Kinhult having shot an impressive 68, Wallace squandered the lead with some sloppy play - a double-bogey on the par-four 15th followed a dropped shot on the 12th as he carded a two-under 70.

Tournament host Tommy Fleetwood moved up seven places into joint-fourth, with two bogeys all that spoilt a solid third-round display, and is level with Robert MacIntyre, who also signed for a 68.

Thomas Detry slipped down six places due to a one-over 73 and that was matched by first-round leader Matthew Jordan, who slipped out of contention by falling six shots adrift of the leading duo.

Richie Ramsey went one under but slipped to third due to Kinhult's rise up the standings.

Sung Kang produced a dominant performance to claim a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Bryon Nelson.

South Korean Kang carded a 10-under-par 61 as he surged to the top of the leaderboard on Friday.

Kang – who is looking for his first PGA Tour win – converted six consecutive birdies from the fifth hole, helping him to 16 under heading into the weekend at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

Americans Matt Every (65) and Tyler Duncan (66) moved into a tie for second, while three-time major champion Brooks Koepka is a stroke further ack at 11 under.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Koepka dropped from third after the first round to fourth, despite a five-under-par 66.

Former world number one Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, posted a 67 to be nine shots off the pace.

Denny McCarthy – the solo leader after round one – had a six-over showing that dropped him far down the leaderboard into a tie for 67th.

 

Tiger Woods will renew acquaintances with Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari at the US PGA Championship, having being grouped with the duo after beating both to win the Masters last month.

Woods won his first major since 2008 at Augusta, a triumph few thought possible with his career having been derailed by persistent back problems.

To do so he overhauled 2018 Open champion Molinari, who went into the final round in the lead, and held off the sustained challenge of Koepka, who finished a shot behind the 15-time major champion.

Koepka heads to Bethpage as the defending champion and is looking to become the first man to retain the title since Woods did so in 2007.

Two-time champion Rory McIlroy will tee off alongside 2005 winner Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, who prevailed at Whistling Straits four years ago.

The US PGA is the major Jordan Spieth requires to complete the career Grand Slam, and he will have world number one Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm for company in the first two rounds in Farmingdale.

World number two Justin Rose, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler form another of the premier groups at the second major of the year, which has been brought forward from its traditional August slot.

The first groups to tee off next Thursday at 6:45am local time contain Rob Labritz, Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun and Ben Cook, Scott Piercy and Brian Gay.

Matt Wallace produced another flawless round to move into a one-shot lead at the British Masters on Friday.

The Englishman, who at number 36 is the second-highest ranked player at the European Tour event in Southport, had five birdies and did not drop a shot in his second-round 67.

That followed up his bogey-free 65 from round one and was enough to put him at 12 under par going into the weekend, one shot clear of compatriot Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Niklas Lemke and Thomas Detry in a tie for second.

Lemke produced a magnificent eight-under 64 to move into contention at Hillside, at one stage collecting eight consecutive birdies – one short of matching James Nitties' record set earlier this year. Fisher, meanwhile, had eight birdies in his 65.

Overnight leader Matthew Jordan was unable to replicate his course-record 63 from Thursday but did remain in contention. After a double bogey on the 11th – his second hole of the day after starting on the back nine – he recovered to post a level-par second round.

Tournament host Tommy Fleetwood is five shots off the pace after carding 69.

Play was suspended for over an hour earlier in the day due to the threat of lightning.

American Denny McCarthy earned a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Bryon Nelson.

McCarthy carded an eight-under-par 63 to top the leaderboard heading into the second round in Dallas on Thursday.

The 26-year-old – seeking his maiden title on the PGA Tour – started off his day two-over through five holes after a double-bogey at the par-four fourth.

But McCarthy recovered quickly and dominated down the stretch, going bogey-free the rest of the way while making 10 birdies.

He birdied five in a row from the sixth through the 10th holes to sit ahead of countrymen Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge, who posted 64s.

Three-time major champion and U.S. Open holder Brooks Koepka is lurking following his six-under-par 65.

Koepka had an up-and-down day as he struggled to pick up shots to start his round – posting pars on his first four holes and on six of his first seven.

But he really picked it up in the middle of his round, tallying birdies on four straight holes and in five of seven.

However, Koepka's day did not close out quite like he would have liked after he bogeyed two of his last four holes. Despite that, though, he did make eight birdies in total.

"The last few weeks I've been even impressed with myself and how well I'm striking it," he told reporters after his round. "Controlling it nice and then from there just try to feel like you see some putts go in the hole. I think it's important to kind of feel like the hole is opening up with a major."

Elsewhere on the course, Texas native Jordan Spieth shot a three-under-par 68 to keep himself in the conversation and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed shot a 70.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo recorded his best round on the Tour via a five-over-par 76, but remains 13 shots off the pace and five adrift of the projected cutline.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo carded his best round on the PGA Tour at the Byron Nelson.

Romo shot a five-over-par 76 in Thursday's opening round – surpassing his previous best effort of 77 on the Tour.

The 39-year-old – a four-time NFL Pro Bowler – chipped in for eagle on the par-five seventh hole from around 30 yards to move two under at that early stage at Dallas' Trinity Forest Golf Club, where he is a member.

However, Romo ended the day tied for 148th – 13 shots adrift of leaders Denny McCarthy.

The current CBS analyst was excited with the experience at the Byron Nelson, where he holed an eagle and birdie to go with two double bogeys and four bogeys.

"It was fantastic," Romo told WFAA. "I could feel the energy. People pulling for ya."

Matthew Jordan looked to make a name for himself as he carded a course-record 63 in the opening round of the British Masters.

Making just his ninth European Tour start, the 23-year-old went around the Hillside course in nine under par on Thursday to take a two-shot lead into the second round of an event hosted by Tommy Fleetwood.

The invitee went bogey-free with a spread of birdies throughout an impressive round; five on the front nine with a further four on the way back.

After storming ahead of the field, moving clear of second-placed duo Matt Wallace and Marcus Kinhult, the largely unknown Jordan suggested he was becoming used to such impressive scores.

"I actually managed to shoot 10 under on the Challenge Tour a couple of weeks ago," he said. "There I got the feeling how to shoot low.

"I had shot low previous to this but, on this stage, to go and do it and on this kind of course is impressive – to me, anyway."

Wallace and Kinhult each went seven under, while host Fleetwood was still in the mix on four under after an eagle at the second. A bogey at the sixth checked his momentum.

"It was great. It was nice to get down to the golf and I enjoyed playing," Ryder Cup star Fleetwood said. "I felt like I played really well.

"I felt in control most of the day, so it was good and I enjoyed it."

Thomas Detry, Robert Karlsson, Richie Ramsay and Lee Westwood were tied for fourth, with Sean Crocker and Jack Singh Brar a shot back, just ahead of Fleetwood.

The number of wildcards available to Europe captain Padraig Harrington for the 2020 Ryder Cup has been reduced to three.

Harrington will lead the side at Whistling Straits in September next year and his request for the number of captain's picks to be decreased from four was accepted by the European Tour's tournament committee.

The 12-man team will consequently be comprised of the first four players from the European points list, the leading five from the world points list and the Irishman's three selections, which will be announced in the week after the 2020 BMW PGA Championship.

Harrington believes the holders will benefit from having an extra player in their ranks who has passed through the qualification process.

"I have said on many occasions that one of the reasons for recent European success in the Ryder Cup is continuity. It is a theme that will be prevalent across my captaincy and I think you can see that in the overall qualification process for the 2020 team," said Harrington in a statement.

"Having said that, I am pleased that the tournament committee agreed to the change of wildcard numbers. I have spoken to a number of people regarding the ninth player automatically qualifying for the team and in my experience, a player is more comfortable when he has qualified, hence my reasoning behind this change.

"I am also delighted to be starting and ending the process at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. It is one of our most prestigious events, played at an iconic venue and the home of the European Tour itself, and will help give a real narrative to the qualification race."

A masterful 23-year-old Matthew Marquez from Trinidad and Tobago won the Sir Garry Sobers Festival of Golf played in Barbados last weekend.

Jack Nicklaus congratulated Tiger Woods after the 15-time major winner received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday.

Woods, who has struggled with injuries in recent years, was awarded the medal by United States president Donald Trump after he shockingly took home the 2019 Masters title.

It was Woods' 15th major win but his first since 2008.

"Heartfelt congrats to [Tiger Woods] on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this evening!" Nicklaus wrote on Twitter.

"His impact on golf and his ability to inspire others to play this great game is on par with his incredible talent!"

Woods became the fourth golfer to be honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Arnold Palmer received the award in 2004 while Nicklaus and Charlie Sifford followed in 2005 and 2014 respectively.

"Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive," Trump said on Monday.

"These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness."

Woods was ranked as low as 1,199th in the world as recently as November 2017. He thanked his family and friends during the ceremony.

"You've seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows," Woods said. "I would not be in this position without all of your help.”

The Presidential Medal of Freedom – along with the Congressional Medal of Freedom – is the highest award given to civilians in the United States.

Other notable athletes who have earned the medal include Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, among others.

Max Homa finally got his first PGA Tour win, claiming the Wells Fargo Championship by three strokes.

The 28-year-old used a round of four-under 67 on the final day at Quail Hollow Club to get the victory. He finished the tournament at 15 under.

Homa's win was delayed by inclement weather. Play was stopped for just over an hour as Homa was nearing the end of his round.

He ended up carding a bogey on the par-four 16th but had a big enough advantage over the field despite his only blemish of Sunday.

Joel Dahmen, who had the solo lead for the bulk of the day on Sunday, fell into second place at 12 under.

He had just three birdies, which was not enough to offset his two bogeys – one on the front and back nine.

Dahmen was just three back with four holes to play but four consecutive pars were not enough to catch up to Homa.

Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey all moved into the top five. 

Rose finished alone in third place at 11 under while Garcia, Fowler and Casey all shared fourth place at nine under with Jason Dufner.

Garcia had one of the more colourful scorecards out of the top finishers.

Before the turn, Garcia had an eagle on the par-five seventh hole followed by a birdie on the par-four eighth. After the turn, he had two consecutive birdies before a mixed finish.

A five-way tie for eighth place at seven under rounded out the top finishers. Rory McIlroy, Jhonattan Vegas and Kyle Stanley were all part of the group.

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