United States captain Steve Stricker has selected Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele among his wildcard picks for the Ryder Cup, but there is no place for Patrick Reed on the 12-player roster.

Spieth will appear at the biennial competition for a fourth time in a row, while Schauffele is set to make his debut against Europe in next month's tournament at Whistling Straits after recently winning Olympic gold.

Schauffele was one of three rookies chosen by Stricker on Wednesday along with Daniel Berger, Harris English and Scottie Scheffler, with Tony Finau – part of the USA side that lost in Paris three years ago – completing the captain's picks.

Speaking at a news conference to announce his final selection, Stricker said: "All six of these guys have been playing some really good golf for a long period of time. 

"It's more about a body of work. They have all played great throughout this year and very well deserving of these picks."

The top-six qualifiers – Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay – had already locked in spots for the USA, who are seeking to regain the trophy after that 17.5-10.5 loss in 2018.

Reed is the most notable name overlooked by Stricker, the 31-year-old having featured in every American team since 2014. 

He made his return from a month-long absence at last week's Tour Championship after being hospitalised with pneumonia in both lungs.

Asked to explain his decision to overlook Reed, who top-scored for USA in their 2016 victory at Hazeltine, Stricker said: "That was a very, very difficult call. I lost sleep over that one. 

"He's a tremendous competitor, he brings a lot of match play golf and his record at the Ryder Cup is pretty darn good.

"I think it was the uncertainty of his health and the lack of play that led to our decision down the stretch."

Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington will announce his final three picks on Sunday.

Nicolai Hojgaard followed in the footsteps of his twin brother to make history with his European Tour breakthrough at the Italian Open.

The 20-year-old Dane finished one clear of Adrian Meronk and Tommy Fleetwood on 13 under, with his brother Rasmus taking out the European Masters last week.

It makes the siblings the first brothers to win back-to-back events on the European Tour.

"It's crazy," said Hojgaard, who is a winner on Tour for the first time in his career and was joined by his brother on the green. "It's been such a tough day.

"I've been through every emotion in my body and brain so to finish it off with an up-and-down is perfect.

"It's what I've been working hard on all year and all my life so I'm really pleased with it."

Meronk scored a five-under 66 to have set the clubhouse lead, with Fleetwood making birdie at the last to join him.

It left Hojgaard needing a birdie at the last and he consequently delivered from three feet.

Francesco Laporta was outright fourth at 11 under, with Edoardo Molinari, Richard Bland and Masahiro Kawamura all a further shot back.

Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples have been named vice-captains for the 2020 Ryder Cup by United States captain Steve Stricker. 

Stricker's other vice-captains are Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Love, meaning there is no place in the leadership team for Tiger Woods. 

Mickelson will not be a playing member of the team for the first time after 12 consecutive appearances – a record for Team USA – dating back to 1995. He also holds the national record for four-ball points won (nine) and matches played (47). 

Although the 51-year-old became the oldest player in history to win a major at the US PGA Championship back in May, it was his only top-10 finish this year. 

Couples served as a vice-captain to Davis Love III in 2012 and made five appearances as a player, the last of which came in 1997. 

"I've been staying in close contact with both Freddie and Phil, talking about all things Ryder Cup, for a while now," Stricker said in a statement. 

"They provide honest and impactful feedback, and both have such a passion for the Ryder Cup. I'm honoured that they were willing to join our team and help put us in the best position to win in a few weeks at Whistling Straits."

The tournament, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is due to be played at Whistling Straits from September 24-26. 

"I'm humbled and honoured to be a part of this year's Ryder Cup as an assistant captain," Mickelson wrote on Twitter. 

"Thank you captain Stricker for including me and I hope to help in any way possible."

Rasmus Hojgaard triumphed at the European Masters after Ryder Cup hopeful Bernd Wiesberger fluffed his lines on the 72nd hole.

Wiesberger's double-bogey six at the last saw him miss out on a ninth European Tour title by one stroke as Hojgaard took the trophy on 13 under.

Austrian Wiesberger just needed a par at the last to see off the threat of clubhouse leader Hojgaard at the picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland, with the Dane having birdied his final hole.

But Wiesberger, chasing a win that would have moved him into the automatic qualifying spots for this year's Ryder Cup, drove a nervy tee shot into the bunker and then found water with his next stroke.

Needing an up-and-down to force a play-off, Wiesberger was unable to salvage it and it was Hojgaard who was left to celebrate a third European Tour success.

Henrik Stenson, himself eyeing a wildcard in Padraig Harrington's European team, finished third, only two shots off the summit, following a closing 63.

Sean Crocker stormed into contention ahead of the final day at the European Masters thanks to a brilliant six-under-par 64 on Saturday, giving him a share of the lead with Renato Paratore.

Overnight leaders Dean Burmester and Andy Sullivan slipped as both went over 70 for the first time this week, with the tricky weather at Crans-sur-Sierre undoubtedly playing a part in their rounds of 73, and Crocker emphatically took advantage.

The American followed up 65 on Friday with a 64 in his third round, both scores a massive improvement after beginning the tournament with a 71.

For the second day in a row Crocker began with a bogey on the first hole, but he instantly got back to par and added another three birdies before the turn.

Two more and an eagle would have had him on course with an outright lead were it not for a bogey at 16, though he was endearingly carefree afterwards as he chases a maiden European Tour win.

"It was one of those rounds where I didn't really know what was going on, it just kind of went that way," Crocker said.

"I bogeyed the first hole, got a bit aggressive and banged driver down two, had about 64 yards to the pin and had an easy birdie there. Kind of got the momentum going from there.

"It was kind of tough out there, wind swirling, I just had to play my own golf and stay away from the leaderboard.

"I'll just play my game, whatever happens [on Sunday], it's just one of those things. If I win, I don't, it doesn't matter to me, I just want to go and play some golf."

Paratore will look to keep him on his toes after ending the day level with Crocker – though he certainly rode his luck on the 14th, somehow holing from a bunker for a birdie after previously getting himself into tree trouble off from the tee.

That birdie ultimately ensured the Italian was one under for the day, and while he recognised it was not his best day on the course, he had fun nonetheless.

"Today I enjoyed it a lot, I made a lot of good saves and the crowd was also amazing," Paratore said.

"I didn't play my best golf today, but in these tough conditions I managed to shoot one under, which for today was a really good score, normally maybe not that good."

Dean Burmester produced five birdies to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the European Masters.

The South African began Friday four shots behind first-round leader James Morrison, who hit a course record of 60 on day one in Crans-sur-Sierre.

But the two-time European Tour winner – including success at the Tenerife Open earlier this year – carded an impressive unblemished 65 to move himself to the summit of the leaderboard at 11-under. 

"I've played well both days. Today, I was just solid," he said. 

"I didn't get off to the best of starts, but holed a nice 10-footer on the first for par. You need those momentum ones; that just set the tone for the day.

"I putted beautifully again today. The greens were a little trickier this afternoon, I think it will be more of the same on the weekend. I'm very happy with today."

A shot behind and tied for second are Andy Sullivan and Belgium's Thomas Detry, who carded 65 for the second day running, while Renato Paratore is a stroke further back in fourth.

James Morrison holds a three-shot lead at the European Masters after breaking the course record with a sublime opening round.

Morrison shot a stunning 10-under 60 in a dream start at the picturesque Crans-sur Sierre on Thursday.

Starting from the 10th tee early in the day, the Englishman made an eagle three at the 14th and reached the turn in 31 after his only bogey of the day at 18.

He made birdies at the first, second and fifth holes before finishing with three successive gains, only missing out on a 59 when an approach shot landed three feet from the cup.

Morrison said: "I had a really good look on the last and thought, 'Just try to make this'. The minute your focus goes like that, you chip it stiff, make birdie and shoot 10 under par. I was trying to hole that shot on the last, but next time maybe."

Robin Sciot-Siegrist and Marcus Armitage hold a share of second place following seven-under rounds of 63.

Armitage was bogey-free in his first round, while Sciot-Siegrist dropped only the one shot at the first.

Andy Sullivan and Dean Burmester also made encouraging starts, sitting joint-fourth at six under.

Johannes Veerman secured his first European Tour triumph at the 59th attempt after a dramatic end to the Czech Masters on Sunday.

Veerman, whose best career result had previously been a third-placed finish at July's Irish Open, snatched a two-stroke victory over the final two holes.

The American was playing alongside 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson and overnight leading Tapio Pulkkanen, who had appeared on course to protect his advantage.

Pulkkanen took a two-shot lead into the final round and was one clear with two holes to play, not quite living up to Saturday's 66 but still three under for the day and 15 under for the tournament following back-to-back birdies.

But the Finn, himself in pursuit of a maiden win, lost form horribly to put victory on a plate for Veerman.

A bogey at the 17th brought Veerman back level and the victor only had to make par again at the last as Pulkkanen's double after finding water remarkably left him two shy, alongside Sean Crocker. Stenson, meanwhile, finished three back.

"It's unbelievable," Veerman told Sky Sports. "I played with two great players today, both of them played really well the whole entire way.

"At one point there was four of us all tied for the lead and I just stuck to my game.

"I can't believe I won. I'll wake up tomorrow and then I'll really feel it.

"I've never been so nervous on that shot into the [18th] green and even more nervous on that putt. It's so simple, done it a hundred times, but nothing that felt quite like it."

Calum Hill ended his wait for a European Tour victory with a superb final round at the English Open.

The Scot, ranked 150 in the world, came into the event with five top-10 finishes to his name in 2021.

A first win on Tour had proved elusive, but he ended his pursuit with a five-under 67 at London Golf Club, which took him to 16 under and a one-stroke win.

Rasmus Hojgaard entered the final round with a three-shot lead having carded a course-record 62 on Saturday.

But the Dane could only manage a level-par 72 on the final 18 holes, seeing him finish in a four-way tie for third on 14 under.

Alexander Levy finished second, the Frenchman's closing 64 not enough to force Hill into a playoff.

Abraham Ancer thought he had blown his shot at his first PGA Tour win the first time he played the 18th hole on Sunday. Turns out he just needed two more chances on the hole to make it happen. 

Ancer birdied the second playoff hole from six feet and watched as Sam Burns missed almost the same putt to give him the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational title as the third man in the playoff, Hideki Matsuyama, also made par. 

After finishing as runner-up four times in his previous 120 Tour starts, Ancer finally prevailed in Memphis to become the ninth first-time winner this season and the fourth player from Mexico to win on Tour. 

"This is surreal," he told CBS. "I thought I left so many shots out there on the back nine, but you never know. Golf is crazy.

"There's been some times that I felt like I made enough birdies to win and I didn't win. This is kind of how it goes and I'm happy that I got lucky."

A significant portion of that luck came on the first playoff hole, when Matsuyama had a chance to win it but saw his long putt for birdie on 18 lip out, sending the trio back to the 18th tee for another go.

The 2021 Masters champion turned in the round of the day just to make the playoff, firing a bogey-free seven-under 63 to fly up the leaderboard on the final day. 

Burns was close behind with a 64, a double bogey on 13 his only blemish. 

Harris English, who held a two-stroke lead after each of the first three rounds, watched those three fly by him as he slumped to a three-over 73 and finished fourth after opening the tournament with rounds of 62, 65 and 65. 

English bogeyed the opening hole before regaining his stride with three birdies, but he did not make another after the eighth hole, posting double bogeys at 11 and 14 and a bogey at the par-five 16th. 

The American said afterward that a warning for slow play on the front nine knocked him out of rhythm and he felt like he was rushing the rest of the day.

His playing partner Bryson DeChambeau had an even more difficult time after working himself into contention with a 63 on Saturday. 

DeChambeau carded a triple-bogey six on the 11th and also did not manage a birdie on the back nine on the way to a 74 that left him tied for eighth at 12 under for the tournament. 

Rough as that triple was for DeChambeau, honours for worst hole of the day went to Kim Si-woo.

The South Korean hit five successive shots in the water at the 11th on the way to a 13 – the worst score on a par-three hole on the PGA Tour since 1983, not including majors.

Among other notables, Dustin Johnson (70) tied for 10th at 11 under, one stroke better than Rory McIlroy (66) and Jordan Spieth (67).

Phil Mickelson (68) finished at seven under along with Louis Oosthuizen, who floundered to a 74 in the final round. 

Sergio Garcia (72), Collin Morikawa (69) and defending champion Justin Thomas (72) were at five under, with Patrick Reed (70) and Lee Westwood (71) one back of them. 

Olympic champion Xander Schauffele (68) was at even par and Brooks Koepka (76) at two over. 

Grant Forrest produced a stunning finish to claim his first European Tour victory at the Hero Open.

The Scotsman, who shared the lead with compatriot Calum Hill heading into the final round, carded a score of 66 on Sunday at Fairmont St Andrews, including closing with back-to-back birdies. 

That sealed a maiden win at the 77th attempt for Forrest as he snatched the title from under the nose of James Morrison, who finished a shot behind on 23 under par after carding an impressive 63.

The 28-year-old, who recently finished tied-fourth at the Irish Open, climbs into the top 200 of the world rankings thanks to his success on home soil.

He also became the third first-time European Tour winner in as many events, following on from the successes of Nacho Elvira and Daniel Gavins at the Cazoo Open and World Invitational respectively.

"There are so many emotions," he said. "To do it in front of everyone who has come up to support me - the last year-and-a-half has been a real challenge on and off the course, so I'm just delighted.

"We've been through quite a lot as a family and to do it here, it's what I've always dreamed of to win on the European Tour. I think there's a big party at the in-laws' tonight.

"I saw the scoreboard and I knew what I needed to do. Our big thing all day was one shot at a time, let's just keep hitting shots.

"I hit a great nine iron into 17 nice and close and that really helps, and then two great shots into 18 – it was a great way to finish."

Harris English maintained his two-shot cushion at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational leaderboard as Bryson DeChambeau climbed up the leaderboard.

Aided by three birdies during his final six holes, English carded a second successive score of 65 at TPC Southwind to sit at 18 under par.

The four-time winner on the PGA Tour endured a bogey-free round on Saturday, pulling clear in the closing stages having at one stage seen both Abraham Ancer and DeChambeau join him in top spot.

After a four at the par-five 16th, English produced an outstanding approach into the green at the next hole before rolling in a birdie putt, boosting his hopes of a wire-to-wire triumph in the tournament.

However, he is well aware that there is still plenty of work to do yet.

"There's a lot of good players behind me and my goal is just stick to my strategy and execute and whatever happens, happens," English said.

DeChambeau is not too far behind after a stunning 63 that saw him come home in just 30 shots. His seven-under score leaves him tied for second with Australian Cameron Smith, who signed for a 65.

"It was awesome being able to strike it that close to the hole all day," DeChambeau, who missed out on playing at the Tokyo Olympics due to contracting coronavirus, said.

"I didn't feel as comfortable as I would have liked with the swing, but the results were there so I was very pleased with the results. And honestly, if I can do that again tomorrow, I give myself a great chance to win."

Ancer is a further two strokes back following a three-under 67, the same score Scottie Scheffler and Ian Poulter both managed to sit just behind the Mexican on 13 under.

Dustin Johnson may still hold out hope of triumphing, with a round of 65 enough to be one of four players on 11 under par.  He is joined by Paul Casey, Will Zalatoris and Louis Oosthuizen.

Defending champion Justin Thomas already faced a battle to retain his crown, and the American was only able to shoot 69 on day three.

At seven under for the event, a repeat of his 2020 triumph appears almost impossible, considering he is so far back and the number of players ahead of him.

Harris English heads into the weekend at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational with a two-stroke lead after maintaining his spot atop the leaderboard Friday.

The American followed Thursday's 62 with a five-under-par 65 at TPC Southwind, where he won his first PGA Tour title eight years ago. 

Australia's Cameron Smith and Abraham Ancer of Mexico surged into a tie for second place after carding 62s of their own in Memphis to sit at 11 under for the tournament.

Ian Poulter (66), Scottie Scheffler (65) and Sam Burns (64) are three back of the lead at 10 under, while Louis Oosthuizen (64) and Bryson DeChambeau (66) are well within striking distance at nine under. 

English started on the back nine and made three birdies going out before carding his first and only bogey of the day at the par-four second hole. But he managed to follow that disappointment with an eagle on the third before adding one more birdie later in his round.

Smith also eagled the third on the way to tying a PGA Tour record, as he needed just 18 putts to complete his bogey-free round. 

That included a two-put at the last, not long after Smith figured out he was on the verge of history. 

"I was walking down 17 and was counting my putts up and I thought, 'No, that can't be right,'" Smith said. 

Further down the leaderboard, defending champion Justin Thomas (67) is seven strokes back of the lead at six under along with two-time major winner Dustin Johnson (65).

Phil Mickelson (66) is at five under, whie Hideki Matsuyama (69) and Patrick Reed (69) are well back at three under. 

Rory McIlroy (66), Sergio Garcia (68), and Collin Morikawa (71) are at two under, one stroke better than Brooks Koepka (69). 

Jordan Spieth (69) enters the weekend at even par and Olympic champion Xander Schauffele (73) is at two over. 

Harris English won his first PGA Tour title at TPC Southwind eight years ago, and he has another triumph in his sights after opening with a 62 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. 

The American has a two-stroke lead over four pursuers, as Ian Poulter, Carlos Ortiz, Jim Herman and Matthew Wolff carded six-under-par 64s Thursday in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler and Marc Leishman were three shots back after shooting 65, with DeChambeau making his first start since missing the Tokyo Olympics following a positive COVID-19 test. 

Among the group two shots behind them at five under were defending champion Justin Thomas, Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa and the red-hot Louis Oosthuizen, who has top-three finishes in four of his last five starts.

Among other notables, Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama are at two under, with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Olympic champion Xander Schauffele at one under, and Brooks Kopeka and Sergio Garcia at even par.

Jordan Spieth is at one over and Rory McIlroy at two over, leaving him 62nd in the 66-player field. 

But they will all start Friday chasing English. The 32-year-old carded seven birdies on a blistering front nine, then faltered a bit with bogeys at 10 and 12 before closing his round with birdies at three of the last four holes. 

"It was one of those rounds where I was hitting it really good off the tee and making a lot of good putts," English told reporters. 

English won at Memphis in its previous incarnation as the Tour's St. Jude Classic in June 2013, then added another title that fall. 

That was his last PGA Tour win before this year, which has seen him take the Tournament of Champions in Maui in January and the Travelers Championship in June. 

 

 

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