Friday, July 31, 2020


Georgia Hall made it back-to-back victories in the Rose Ladies' Series after she dominated the field to win at The Shire London golf club yesterday.

Justin Rose Ladies' Series, The Shire London Golf Club
-5 G Hall (Eng);
-2 E Young (Eng), K Henry (Sco);
-1 Becky Morgan (Wal), Charley Hull (Eng), Hannah Burke (Eng)

Georgia Hall, the 2018 Women's British Open champion, was in a class of her own in the last event before next week's Grand Final, firing a five-under 67 to cruise to a three-shot victory. Her win also moved her up to the top of the Rose Series Order of Merit, above Charley Hull in second and Liz Young in third.

Series co-founder Liz Young birdied four of the first five holes to lead briefly from Hall, but only one more birdie and three bogeys would see her finish with a two-under-par 70 and a tie for second with Scotland's Kylie Henry

Charley Hull, the World no 25, had a nightmare start, dropping three shots in the first two holes, but an eagle at the 13th helped her finish tied for third with Hannah Burke and Becky Morgan at one-under-par.

After her win Georgia Hall said:

“I missed the first two events and thought I may have conceded too much ground in the Order of Merit race, but three seconds followed by two wins has been put me up there. It’s been consistent and, again, I played very solid today.”

The top 51 qualifiers will now head to the Rose Series Grand Final, which is to be played over 54-holes at three different venues next week. The first round is at North Hants on Wednesday 5 August, the second at The Berkshire on Thursday 6 August, before the top 35 and ties qualify for the final 18 holes of the Series over the West Course at Wentworth on Friday 7 August.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Scotland’s No 1 Gemma Dryburgh and Nigeria’s Georgia Oboh have been awarded the final two invitations for this year's AIG Ladies' Scottish Open.

The ASI Ladies' Scottish Open is due to be played from 13-16 August at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. It will be the first time that professional women’s golf has returned to Scotland since Europe’s remarkable triumph in the 2019 Solheim Cup last September. Due to the coronavirus, the event will take place without spectators.

Dryburgh, who is Scotland’s highest ranked player on the Rolex Rankings, has recently hit the headlines with her back-back wins on the Rose Ladies' Series. Clearly delighted to receive her invitation, she said:

"Huge thanks to Aberdeen Standard Investments and VisitScotland for giving me this opportunity. I would have hated not being able to play in what is one of my favourite events of the year, especially when I have been playing so well lately. I know that Aberdeen Standard Investments, Visit Scotland and IMG have had to work really hard to put all the health and safety protocols in place to ensure the tournament can go ahead and we are all very grateful and excited to get back to The Renaissance Club."

The other two invitations for the tournament were awarded last week to Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, the 2019 Women’s British Open champion, and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, the 2009 Women’s British Open champion and a two-time winner of the ASI Ladies' Scottish Open. After receiving her invitation Matthew said:

"It’s been a while since I have needed an invite to get into an event so I am really grateful to Aberdeen Standard Investments and VisitScotland. It’s been such a strange few months and it has definitely put golf into perspective but, at the same time, I am starting to get pretty excited about getting out and competing again and also seeing everyone again and welcoming them back to Scotland from a socially safe distance!"

The inclusion of Dryburgh and Mathew means there will be a seven-strong Scottish contingent at the event, with Carly Booth, Kelsey MacDonald, Kylie Henry, Alison Muirhead and Michele Thomson also in the field.

Monday, July 27, 2020


The European Tour has confirmed that The 2020 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

The 20th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was due to be played from 1-4 October 2020 over the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

However, faced with challenge of delivering a large, complex, rotating pro-am across three venues under the current COVID-19 restrictions, the organising committee has decided to cancel this year's event.

As a result, the 20th Anniversary championship has been rescheduled to next year and will now be played from 30 September – 3 October, 2021.

Today, The Championship Committee issued the following statement:

"This is a real disappointment for ourselves and for all golf lovers, especially those that appreciate links golf. Alfred Dunhill has been supporting golf at the Home of Golf and in Scotland for 35 years, initially with the Alfred Dunhill Cup and for the past 19 years with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship."

"We commend the Scottish Government in their resolute response to the pandemic. We do not wish to undermine their efforts or cause any undue risk to the communities that normally host us. Given the international nature of the event and in particular our large amateur field we felt that this was the prudent decision to take."

"The size and complexity of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played over three courses with 168 professionals and 168 amateurs, makes it very difficult to stage safely within the current guidelines given the uncertainties we are all facing."

"Regrettably, therefore, we have decided to postpone the 20th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to 2021, but very much look forward to returning next year."

"We have been working closely with the Scottish authorities and the European Tour to continue the event while mitigating against the pandemic, and we are very grateful for all their support. We would especially like to thank the staff of the three magnificent golf courses on which we normally stage the event and the surrounding communities who always make us so welcome."

"We applaud the efforts of the European Tour in getting normal professional tournament golf up and running again."


This year's Amateur Championships are still due to go ahead. If you want to be the next Legend in the Making, make sure you get your entry in now.

The Women’s Amateur Championship, which was originally due to be held at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club in June, has been rescheduled and moved south of the border. It will now be played at the West Lancashire Golf Club from 25-29 August.

The Ayrshire venue will host the 2021 championship from 8-12 June.

The Men's Amateur Championship will be played at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club from 25-30 August.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, access to the championship venues will be restricted. Spectators and caddies will not be permitted.

Entries for the Women's & Men's Amateur Championships close on Thursday 30 July. To find out more &/or submit your entry click on the link:

Sunday, July 26, 2020


American International Group (AIG) has announced that it will extended its title partnership of the British Women’s Open by two years, to 2025.

The new sponsorship deal between The R&A and AIG could not have come at a better time. With many sports and businesses struggling in the wake of the pandemic, it’s a huge boost to the women's game to have the continued support of the New York based finance and insurance group.

Under the new agreement, the British Women’s Open as been rebranded. The word "British" has been dropped from its title and it will now be known as the AIG Women’s Open.

The R&A has also launched a new website for the championship, which can be accessed at:

The Chief Executive of The R&AMartin Slumbers, said:

“The R&A and AIG share a long-term vision for the AIG Women’s Open. We are fortunate to have such a committed partner in supporting women’s golf."

“The AIG Women’s Open is a global championship and its new name reflects its growing stature and broadening international appeal."

“Together with AIG, we are determined to accelerate the progress we have made in women’s golf. The AIG Women’s Open is the perfect showcase for these highly skilled athletes to demonstrate how good they are and inspire more girls and women to take up golf."

The President & Global Chief Operating Officer of AIGPeter Zaffino, said:

“For over 40 years, this iconic championship has provided a global stage to showcase world-class women’s golf."

“AIG proudly stands as allies with these accomplished players, and with women in business and society. In the face of challenging global circumstances, we are pleased that our increased support of the AIG Women’s Open will enable these dedicated professionals to compete and break down barriers that will provide a lasting example for future generations.”

This year's AIG Women’s Open is due to be played at The Royal Troon Golf Club from 20-23 August.

Friday, July 24, 2020


Georgia Hall ended her run of three consecutive runner-up finishes on the Rose Ladies' Series after her victory at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club yesterday.

Justin Rose Ladies' SeriesBearwood Lakes Golf Club
-1 G Hall (Eng);  level M MacLaren (Eng), LM Humphreys (AM) (Eng), E Slater (Eng), I Mehmet (Eng), E Rhodes (AM) (Eng), C Gainer (Eng)
Selected others:  +3 C Hull (Eng);  +5 L Davies (Eng)

Georgia Hall shot a round of one-under-par 71 to finish a stroke ahead of six other players and move into second place in the Rose Ladies' Series Order of Merit, just behind Charley Hull.

The 2018 Women’s British Open champion recovered from two bogeys in her first four holes with a pair of birdies at the 5th and 8th, but dropped another shot at the 9th to go out in one-over-par. The Solheim Cup star then produced a flawless back nine with two birdies at the 11th and 13th to finish with a one-under-par score of 71.

Meghan MacLaren, who won the second Rose Ladies' Series event at Moor Park, was one of six players who finished in second with a level-par round of 72. The group also included two of England's top amateurs, Mimi Rhodes and Lily May Humphreys.

Charley Hull was looking good at one-under-par through 11. However, two successive double bogeys on the 12th and 13th saw the end of her challenge. After a birdie at the 16th, she finished at three-over-par.

Dame Laura Davies was also in contention at one-under-par through 11, but a triple-bogey at the 13th and a double bogey at the 16th saw her finish at five-over-par.

After her win Georgia Hall said:

"It’s awesome that I’ve won. I’ve played in three events previously and come second three times, so I’m very happy to win and get the job done today."

"I didn’t start off great. I was two over after four or five, but I just stayed really patient out there and calm, so I think that was my main focus for today. On the back nine, I had three or four putts which were around eight footers for par and the pins were very hard today, so I holed a lot of good putts which was great."

She also thanked Justin and Kate Rose for getting behind women’s golf:

"The Rose Ladies Series is fantastic and gives me something to practise for every week. It’s something to aim for and it’s good that all of our players can play competitive rounds every week and it’s a good warm-up for the Scottish and British."

"It was very thoughtful of Kate and Justin to do this. All the hard work that they’ve put in behind it is fantastic and hopefully this series can continue for years to come."

The next Rose Ladies' Series event is at The Shire London Golf Club in Hertfordshire on Thursday 30 July.

Thursday, July 23, 2020


USA Solheim Cup CaptainPat Hurst, has confirmed the second of her vice-captains for the 2021 Solheim Cup.

The 17th Solheim Cup is scheduled to be played from Tuesday 31 August to Monday 6 September 2021 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Pat Hurst, who served as one of Juli Inkster’s vice-captains at the last three Solheim Cups, was appointed as the USA Captain for The 2021 Solheim Cup in January. Last month, Hurst announced that major champion and six-time USA Solheim Cup team member Angela Stanford would be one of her vice-captains. Today, Hurst announced that the second of her vice-captains would be 2014 US Women’s Open champion and five-time USA Solheim Cup team member Michelle Wie West.

Wie West will join Stanford to work alongside Hurst when Team USA bid to win back the trophy following Europe's victory at Gleneagles last September.

Pat Hurst said:

“Naming Michelle as an assistant captain was an incredibly easy decision for me. She reached out to see if she could be involved with the team, and I quickly knew that I wanted her as one of my assistants. She’s out there playing with the younger players, and since I’ve been off the Tour for a while, that’s a crucial asset for me to have, first with Angela and now with Michelle. I can’t wait to work with this team as we look forward to our week at Inverness Club next year.”

Michelle Wie West said:

“When I heard that Pat had been named the captain for Team USA, I immediately knew that I had to be part of her team. Pat was my POD leader when we played in Germany and Iowa and I learned so much from her leadership and friendship. Those weeks were great opportunities to learn from one of the best players and coaches I know, and to work alongside her is going to be an amazing experience.”

“My five times playing for Team USA at the Solheim Cup and wearing the Red, White and Blue – those are incredible highlight moments in my career. This next step as an assistant captain is going to be yet another highlight moment, and I’m so grateful to Pat for giving me this opportunity. Our week in Toledo next year is going to be an absolute blast.”

Michelle Wie West has competed in five Solheim Cups, representing the USA in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. She went an undefeated 3-0-1 in her Solheim Cup debut in 2009, when she became just the second LPGA Tour rookie in history to play on Team USA.

Catriona Matthew, who led Europe to a sensational win by 14½ to 13½ at Gleneagles last year, has been reappointed as the European Captain for the 2021 Solheim Cup. Matthew has already confirmed that her vice-captains will be Kathryn ImrieDame Laura Davies and Suzann Pettersen.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie has launched a new development tour for Scottish professional golfers, both male and female.

The Tartan Pro Tour will be run by Lawrie’s 5-Star Sports Management & Events company. The aim for this year is to give professional golfers based in Scotland, whose seasons have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, something to play for.

There will be six events in 2020. They will run from August to September and will be hosted by some of Scotland's top golfing venues, including Carnoustie and Royal Dornoch.

Each event will be played over 36-holes, split across two days. They are open to both male and female professionals, with a maximum of 72 players and a prize fund of roughly £18,000 per event.

The first event will be played from 5-6 August over the Championship course at Carnoustie, the scene of Paul Lawrie's own Open triumph in 1999.

So far, ten LET professionals have signed-up for Carnoustie. They include the four Scots that played in last week's Justin Rose Series event: Kylie Henry, Kelsey MacDonald, Heather MacRae and Michele Thomson.

Paul Lawrie said:

“This period has been the strangest any of us have ever faced in our lifetimes and as professional sportspeople we are champing at the bit to get back competing. The Tartan Pro Tour has come about partly because COVID has obliterated our normal schedules."

"All of the Pros I’ve had contact with throughout these past twelve weeks have no certainty that they’ll get a chance to play again this season at all. I’ve been so impressed by the efforts of the European Tour to get the UK Swing of events to the stage it’s at but for so many Pros the remainder of the year looks unclear."

"For the players on the smaller circuits there’s little or nothing to set their sights on, sadly. And whilst there seem to be several smaller Tours popping-up around the M25 Corridor, it’s a long way for Pros from North of the Border to go without accommodation options and all the other considerations around air travel, etc.”

The Tartan Pro Tour schedule for 2020 is:

5th & 6th August
The Carnoustie Challenge (Championship Course)

8th & 9th August
Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Par 3 Championship (Devenick Course)

7th & 8th September
Royal Dornoch Masters (Championship Course)

10th & 11th September
The Pollok Open (Pollok Golf Club)

15th & 16th September
St Andrews Classic (Jubilee & New Courses)

23rd & 24th September
Rowallan Castle Championship (Rowallan Castle Golf Club)

The official sponsors for the Tartan Pro Tour are: Aberdeen Standard Investments, Blue Group, Cloudcube, Farmfoods, Gym Rental Company, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre and The R&A.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Scotland's Heather MacRae finished joint-second in her first ever Justin Rose Ladies' Series event at the JCB Golf & Country Club on Thursday.

Heather MacRae, the reigning Women's PGA Champion, finished tied for 2nd in a group of six that included the 2018 Women's British Open champion, Georgia Hall and her Solheim team mate, World no 25, Charley Hull.

The 36 year-old Scot was level-par through 10 holes before reeling off three birdies in a row from the 11th, but she had to settle for one-under-par 71 after dropping shots at the 16th and 18th.

Gabriella Cowley shot a two-under-par 70 to win by a single shot.

Heather MacRae said:

"It was really nice to have a good result in such a strong field." 

"It’s difficult to know what to expect after such a long break. But my coach, Craig Lee, kept telling me I was swinging really well and playing well, so that gave me some confidence, too."

Heather MacRae was one of four Scots to travel south of the border to play in the series for the first time. With no professional events in Scotland before August, Kylie HenryKelsey MacDonald and Michele Thomson also decided to make the journey. But, on the day, none of them could quite match the magic of MacRae.

MacRae will hope to go one better when she plays in the next Rose Ladies' Series event at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire on Thursday 23 July.

Monday, July 20, 2020


Gabriella Cowley carding a two-under-par round of 70 to win the fifth Justin Rose Ladies' Series event at the JCB Golf & Country Club.

Justin Rose Ladies' Series, JCB Golf & Country Club
-2 G Cowley (Eng);
-1 H MacRae (Sco), A Dimmock (Eng), C Hull (Eng), G Hall (Eng), C Williams (Wal), W Hillier (Aus);
Level M Maclaren (Eng), Alice Hewson (Eng)

Gabriella Cowley beat six players by a single shot to win her first Justin Rose Ladies' Series title.

The 24-year-old, ranked 576th in the world, was cruising on five-under-par after 12 holes, but a double bogey on the 16th and a bogey on the 18th saw her drop three shots to finish on two-under-par. As leader in the clubhouse, she then faced a nervous four hour wait.

In the end, Cowley's two-under-par score of 70 proved good enough to see off Charley Hull, the world No 25, and Georgia Hall, the 2018 Women’s British Open champion, who finished tied for second at one-under-par along side another Englishwoman in Annabel Dimmock, Scotland’s Heather MacRae, Wales’s Chloe Williams and Australian Whitney Hillier.​

After five events, Charley Hull has moved back above Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh to top the Rose Ladies' Order of Merit, while Gabriella Cowley has moved up to third. Dryburgh was unable to play in the latest event as she left for the USA on Monday to quarantine in time for the restart of the LPGA Tour.

After her victory Gabriella Cowley said:

“This means a lot to me. I have worked extremely hard during lockdown. I changed my putter at the start of this week and was five-under-par through 15 holes and playing really well. I did have a bad finish, but it does not matter now."

“I played really well today, and a key highlight was making three consecutive birdies to start the back nine. The course was playing long and it is tough test but the condition of it was unbelievable and it was a really good setup.”

“The support from Justin and Kate Rose and the sponsors putting these events on means a lot to all of us and it is great to now be a winner of one."

“Every event has been superb and its nice to be playing tournaments. These events and the win will give me a big confidence boost heading back into the restart of the Ladies European Tour season.”

The next event in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series is at Bearwood Lakes on Thursday 23 July.​

Thursday, July 16, 2020


The R&A and USGA have bowed to pressure and rescheduled the Curtis Cup for a second time to avoid a clash with The 2021 Solheim Cup.

The 41st Curtis Cup between GB&I and the USA was set to be played from 12-14 June 2020 at the Conwy Golf Club in Wales. But, in April, The R&A and USGA agreed to postpone the biennial match until 2021, due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then, in June, The R&A and USGA announced that the match had been rescheduled to 3-5 September 2021. A move that drew some criticism as the new dates clashed with The 2021 Solheim Cup.

In response, Micky Walker, the 2019 Junior Solheim Captain and former European Solheim Cup Captain, tweeted:

"That is awful news that the rescheduled Curtis Cup at Conway from 3rd-5th September 2021 clashes with the Solheim Cup! Potentially that means that a player eligible for both the PING Junior Solheim Cup and the Curtis Cup will have a decision to make. Is it too late to reschedule?"

Catriona Matthew, the European Solheim Cup Captain, also tweeted:

"This is terrible news for potential players who would also be eligible to play in junior @solheimcup2021, [I] don’t understand why you would make this a conflicting date @TheSolheimCup"

It's not difficult to understand the frustration felt by Walker and Matthew. Arguably the two biggest team events for women, one featuring Great Britain & Ireland's finest amateurs against their USA counterparts, the other for Europe's finest pros against the USA, and you put them on at the same time?

They were not alone in their disappointment. Hannah Darling, Scotland's rising star, was facing an impossible choice between the 2021 Junior Solheim Cup and the rescheduled Curtis Cup. As Matthew argued:

"Potentially it could be a really tough decision for Hannah. I don't think she should have been put in this position"

Yesterday, The R&A and USGA confirmed they had agreed to reschedule the match. As a result, the Curtis Cup will now be played from 26-28 August 2021 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, the week before the Solheim Cup.

Duncan Weir, Executive Director for Golf Development & Amateur Championships at The R&A, said:

“We have listened to the feedback we received about the rescheduled dates for the Curtis Cup in 2021 and looked again at the schedule. We have moved the match forward by a week and introduced a Saturday finish to enable it to slot in ahead of the Solheim Cup."

"We are grateful for the assistance we have received from the USGA and hope this will offer the best outcome for the players of both teams. We look forward very much to welcoming them to Conwy in August next year.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Scottish Golf has confirmed that, whilst professional tournaments are set to resume behind doors in Scotland, Open Competitions are still off-limits.

Earlier today, Scottish Golf's Chief Operating Officer, Karin Sharp, issued out a statement to all Scottish Golf Clubs. It reads as follows:

"Scottish Golf continues to work with sportscotland and the Scottish Government as we continue to transition through the different Phases of Scotland’s route map out of lockdown."

"Following continued discussions with the Government during the transition into Phase 3, our guidance on Open Competitions has had to remain the same, in that these cannot be played at present. We understand that this does present golf clubs across Scotland with significant challenges but at this time, where public health remains the priority, we wanted to provide all affiliated clubs with some more information on the framework behind this decision."

"During the easing of lockdown restrictions, golf has been, and continues to be, viewed as an extension to exercise, not a return to sport. This is consistent across the sport sector in Scotland and it is imperative that all golf clubs follow the current rules regarding competitions that are in effect."

"These rules can be accessed here and state:"

"22. Competitions"

"22.1 Competitions or events where groups of more than 5 households (or extended households) (maximum of 15 people) congregate at any one time are not permitted."

"22.2 Competitions should only be undertaken locally and informally at your own club/venue where household, physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place."

"22.3 Travel to competition out with your normal club/venue of play is not permitted."

"We recognise that some professional events have confirmed their intent to resume in Scotland behind-closed-doors later this summer. We would like to make clear to clubs that the resumption of these elite events will be subject to adherence of rigorous COVID-19 testing protocols that sit within the performance sport framework. These requirements are world-leading and in many cases, the costs associated would not be viable for non-professional and non-elite performance events."

"Golf is a game that prides itself on sporting integrity and as the national governing body, we must again emphasise that we all have a role to play in maintaining the integrity of the game and if necessary applying sanctions to any organisation found to be in breach of the ruling on running open competitions. This is not something we would wish to see and would encourage all clubs to familiarise themselves with the current guidance and take appropriate action to ensure that all guidelines are being met."

"Thanks once again, for your continued support and understanding as we remain in this extension to exercise phase."

To read the Phase 3 Guidance for Golf Clubs & Golfers in Scotland, which is published by Scottish Golf on its website, click on the link below:

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


The 2021 Solheim Cup will not be moved despite the news that this year's Ryder Cup has been rescheduled to the same month.

The Ryder Cup was due to take place from 22-27 September 2020 until the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be postponed. Instead, it will take place from 21-26 September 2021 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, less than three weeks after The Solheim Cup.

When The 2001 Ryder Cup was postponed for a year, because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The 2002 the Solheim Cup was pushed back a year and its cycle of even-years changed to suit the men's event. But, nearly two decades later, the situation is different. The Solheim Cup has evolved and is now the biggest event in women’s golf.

In the last few months, the LPGA CommissionerMike Whan, has been adamant that the Solheim Cup will keep its 2021 dates, believing the event stands on its own merit and does not need to alter its schedule to avoid being played in the same year as the Ryder Cup. Back in April, when speculation about a possible postponement of the Ryder Cup started, Whan said:

"Nothing drowns out a Solheim Cup. We wouldn’t change our Solheim Cup if the Ryder Cup changed theirs"

Three months on Mike Whan is still sticking to his word. In response to the news that the 2020 Ryder Cup will move to next September, Whan said:

"2021 is shaping up to be an incredible year for golf," 

"The LPGA looks forward to staging the Solheim Cup over Labor Day weekend at Inverness Club in Ohio, and the Ryder Cup just a few weeks later at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will cap an amazing month for golf fans in the Midwest." 

"We are excited for this doubleheader opportunity to celebrate all the great golfers, male and female, who play for the USA and Europe."

The Ladies European Tour CEOAlexandra Arma, added:

"Together with the LPGA, we are moving forward with plans for the Solheim Cup on 4-6 September."

"This year, we have all faced challenges we need to adjust to, and as part of the changing landscape of global sports events we will be assessing the long term impact of these changes on future Solheim Cup dates."

So, put the dates in your diary. It's now official. The Solheim Cup will not be moved by the Ryder Cup.

Monday, July 13, 2020


After months of speculation and debate, The 2020 Ryder Cup has finally been postponed until next year.

The news came as part of a joint announcement from the PGA of America, European Tour and PGA Tour, after the organisers decided that playing the Ryder Cup without spectators was "not a realistic option".

The 43rd Ryder Cup, which was due to be played from 22-27 September 2020 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled to 21-26 September 2021.

As a result, next year's Presidents Cup, which is run by the PGA Tour and alternates with the Ryder Cup, has been pushed back to September 2022.

The Junior Ryder Cup has also been postponed. The event, which was due to be played from 21-22 September 2020 at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled to 20-21 September 2021.

After Whistling Straits, The Ryder Cup will shift back to its original cycle of odd-numbered years. The cycle was changed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States pushed the 2001 event back to 2002. This move will allow the Ryder Cup to avoid the Olympics after 2021. It will also give Italy another year to prepare as hosts for 2023 and allow Ireland the chance to celebrate hosting the event in 2027, which is its centenary year.

The PGA of America CEOSeth Waugh, said:

“It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call."

“As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most. The spectators who support both the U.S. and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option."

European Ryder Cup CaptainPádraig Harrington, said:

“Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time."

“When you think of the Ryder Cup you think of the distinctive atmosphere generated by the spectators, such as around the first tee at Le Golf National two years ago. If that cannot be responsibly recreated at Whistling Straits in September, then it is correct that we all wait until it can be."

“I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away. But it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does.”

Saturday, July 11, 2020


Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh claimed a historic victory at Royal St George’s and made it back-to-back wins in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series.

Justin Rose Ladies' Series, The Royal St George's Golf Club
-1  G Dryburgh (Sco), C Hull (Eng), G Hall (Eng);
+2 A Dimmock (Eng), E Toy (AM) (Eng)

Gemma Dryburgh shot a one-under-par 69, which included three birdies and two bogeys, to beat her two playing partners, Solheim Cup duo Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, by a single shot.

It was a fantastic battle between the three, who were all one-under-par on the 16th tee after Gemma Dryburgh bogeyed the 15th. Georgia Hall then dropped a shot at the par-three 16th whilst Dryburgh holed an 18ft putt to save par and Charley Hull made birdie to pull one clear with two holes to play. However, Hull finished bogey-bogey to post a level-par score of 70 after missing a four footer on the 18th green that would have taken her into a playoff with Dryburgh. Hall finished par-par to post a level-par score of 70 and finish tied for second with Hull, whilst Dryburgh parred her way in to post a one-under-par score of 69 for the victory.

It was a special victory for Dryburgh. Not only did she make it two wins in a row in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series, but she also made history by winning the first ever woman's professional tournament to be hosted at the historic Kent links.

Emily Toy, the current Women’s British Amateur champion, finished tied for fourth with Annabel Dimmock, the 2019 Ladies Jabra Open winner, after they both shot a two-over-par score of 72.

After her win Gemma Dryburgh said:

“I’m delighted to be the first-ever female professional to win a tournament at Royal St. George’s in their first ever ladies’ professional event.”

“It’s just so special to be the winner at a great and prestigious course, which was in immaculate condition."

“It was great playing with Georgia and Charley, too, and we were neck and neck all day and feeding off each other, so it certainly felt like a big event and it was very special.”

Paying tribute to her dad, John, who was back on the bag for the second week running, Dryburgh joked:

"After back-to-back wins, we might need to re-negotiate his terms."

Dryburgh has moved above Hull in the Rose Ladies' Series Order of Merit. However, the Scot is unable to play in rest of the series as she confirmed:

"I'm flying out to the US on Monday as I need to quarantine for two weeks before playing in the first two LPGA events."

"I'm definitely feeling confident on the back of these two wins and there's no reason why I shouldn't be going into these LPGA events feeling I can win one of them."

The next event in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series is at JCB Golf & Country Club on Thursday 16 June.

Friday, July 10, 2020


Four-balls are now allowed, face coverings must be worn in Pro-shops and indoor hospitality can start at clubs next week, but Opens are still off-limits.

Following the statement by the First Minister of Scotland in the Scottish Parliament yesterday, Scottish Golf has published its Phase 3 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers. The principal changes are:

From tomorrow, Friday 10 July:
"Groups of up to four golfers with no restrictions on the number of households represented provided they adhere to the Government’s physical distancing rules."

"Face coverings must be worn by members of the public when entering professional shops (retail facilities)."

From Wednesday 15 July:
"Golf Clubs may offer Indoor hospitality subject to maintaining physical distancing and appropriate hygiene routines."

Scottish Golf has also issued the following statement to all Golf Clubs:

Competitive Golf
"At this time there remains no change in stance on the playing of competitive golf, with only club competition permitted despite the relaxation of travel restrictions. This decision is consistent across all sports and is based on the continuing premise that we are operating under an extension of exercise and not a return to sport. All clubs are asked to continue to respect the government position in this regard and not seek to jeopardise the image or trust in the golfing community by overlooking this key aspect that is applicable across all amateur sports that are currently operating."

On hearing the statement from the First Minister of Scotland, the Chief Operating Officer at Sportscotland, Forbes Dunlop, said:

“It is a positive step for sport that public health guidelines for daily exercise have been extended further as part of the Scottish Government’s route map through the pandemic."

"While this is good news, it is not a return to sport as we know it and the most pressing priority remains public health and wellbeing."

"As such, it is crucial that participants, and everyone connected with sport in Scotland, continue to play their part by adhering to the latest government guidance and the advice issued by the governing body of each sport to ensure the safety of all those involved.”

To read the Phase 3 Guidance for Golf Clubs & Golfers in Scotland, which Scottish Golf has now published on its website, click on the link below:

Wednesday, July 08, 2020


The Rose Ladies' Series will make history this Thursday when it holds the first ever professional women's tournament at Royal St George's.

If it hadn't been for a global pandemic Royal St George's would have been gearing up to stage The 149th Open Championship next week. Instead, it will welcome some of the best female professionals in the country for the 4th event in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series.

In total, fifty-two LET professionals are set to compete over the iconic Kent links. They include last week's Rose Series winner Gemma Dryburgh, who is Scotland's top player on the LPGA Tour, two-time LET winner Meghan MacLaren, three-time LET winner Beth Allen, two Solheim Cup players, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, and, of course, Dame Laura Davies.

Five top amateurs from England and Wales have received an invite to play in the event. They include the current British Women’s Amateur champion, Emily Toy, and Australian Women’s Amateur champion, Charlotte Heath. Toy was a member of the GB&I team that triumphed in the Vagliano Trophy at Royal St George’s last year.

As with all the other events in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series, the one-day tournament at Royal St George's will be played behind closed doors.

When asked about the event Gemma Dryburgh said:

“I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard they’re going to have it set up similar to how they would have had it for The Open, so I’m expecting it to be tough. It’s pretty special to have the opportunity play there and actually quite amazing that such high-profile courses have signed-up to support us. Again, that’s just another example of how great this whole thing has been.”

The 149th Open Championship has been postponed until next year. Royal St George’s will host the event from 11-18 July 2021. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we see a British Women's Open staged at the historic venue


Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh pipped Georgia Hall to win the third Justin Rose Ladies' Series event at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

Justin Rose Ladies' Series, The Buckinghamshire Golf Club
-3 Dryburgh (Sco);  -2 G Hall (Eng), C Gainer (Eng);  -1 L M Humphreys (AM) (Eng), A Boulden (Wal), C Hull (Eng), A Dimmock (Eng)

Gemma Dryburgh shot a three-under-par 69, which included six birdies and three bogeys, to beat 2018 Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and Cara Gainer by a single shot.

The 27-year-old Scot had a poor start. Bogeys at the first and third dropped her to two over, but she made it back to level par at the 10th after holing her approach shot for birdie. More birdies followed at the 13th, 14th and 16th holes before a 15-foot putt for par on the 17th and a safe par on the 18th completed a cracking back-nine of 32 shots and a three-under-par total of 69.

Georgia Hall, playing her first tournament in almost five months, was two clear of the field on the 18th tee, but a bogey at the last dropped her back to two-over-par and opened the door for Dryburgh to claim victory.

Charley Hull, who won the first Rose Ladies' Series event at Brokenhurst Manor two weeks ago, finished tied for 4th on one-under-par in group that included the teenage amateur Lily-May Humphreys. After three events, Hull leads the Rose Ladies' Order of Merit.

Last week’s winner Meg MacLaren finished tied for 14th at two-over.

Gemma Dryburgh, whose father Jim caddied for her, said:

"It is definitely the best win of my pro career."

"Just look at the field - it was almost like a LPGA Tour event, with Georgia [Hall], Charley [Hull] and Bronte [Law] and, of course, Dame Laura [Davies]. I didn't have the best front nine, but I slam-dunked my bunker shot on the 10th for a birdie and that got me going.

"The coronavirus rules say your caddie must be from the same household, and it was so great to have Dad here. We have a good record together, as he was with me at the Q-Schools when I got my Tour cards, so my normal caddie should look out!"

"I’ll always remember this win. And we’ll have double reason to celebrate tonight as its my parents' 38th wedding anniversary.”

The next event in the Justin Rose Ladies' Series is at Royal St George's on Thursday 9 June. It is likely to be the last in the series for Dryburgh. The Scot is due to head out to the United States to quarantine in time for the restart of the LPGA Tour at the end of July.

Saturday, July 04, 2020


The R&A has announced that, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, it has made further revisions to its Amateur Championships schedule.

The latest changes to The R&A Amateur Championships are:

The Women’s Amateur Championship, which was due to be played at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, has moved south of the border. It will now be played at the West Lancashire Golf Club from 25-29 August. The Ayrshire venue will host the 2021 championship from 8-12 June.

The Men's Amateur Championship will now only be played at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club from 25-30 August. The stroke play and matchplay phases are normally played at two different venues.

Unfortunately, The R&A Girls' AmateurBoys Amateur and Women’s Senior Amateur championships have all been cancelled.

The 41st Curtis Cup, which was due to be played from 12-14 June 2020, has been rescheduled to 3-5 September 2021 at the Conwy Golf Club in Wales.

The R&A has stated that it believes the revised schedule will create a strong run of amateur events.

That run of events will start with the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (the Brabazon Trophy) at Sherwood Forest (18-21 August) and the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Burnham & Berrow (18-20 August).

Next on the schedule will be the Women’s Amateur Championship at West Lancashire (25-29 August) and the Men's Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale (25-30 August).

Finally, there will be a series of European amateur events, including the Men's European Amateur Championship in France (2-5 September), the Women's European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden (9-12 September), the Men's European Amateur Team Championship in the Netherlands (also 9-12 September) and the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship in Slovenia (30 September to 3 October).

Duncan WeirThe R&A Executive Director of Golf Development & Amateur Championships, said:

“We have been working hard to make sure we can deliver The Amateur and Women’s Amateur championships in August in as safe a manner as possible for players and officials. With that in mind, we plan to stage both championships at neighbouring venues in the north west of England so we can concentrate our resources in one area."

“We look forward to staging these great championships which will provide an opportunity for the leading players to compete at the highest level and, if eligible, stake their claims for places in the Walker and Curtis cups as well as other international matches next year."

“We are also delighted to confirm the dates for the Curtis Cup match and look forward to welcoming the players of both teams to Conwy in 2021.”

Now that the 5 mile travel restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, it will be possible for Scotland's top amateurs to enter the championships south of the border. But, they will have to miss out in the European Team Championships this year. Scottish Golf has already confirmed that, due to the coronavirus crisis, it will not be sending teams to either of those events.

Entries for The Amateur and The Women's Amateur Championships are now open. The closing date is the 30th July. For further information visit:

For news about all The R&A Amateur Championships visit:

Friday, July 03, 2020


Travel restrictions for Scottish Golfers are lifted today, but face coverings must be worn in Pro-shops next week and Opens are still off-limits.

In response to the statement made by Scotland's First Minister yesterday, Scottish Golf has updated its Phase 2 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers. The principal changes as follows:

From Friday 3 July:
"Travel restrictions are now lifted (with exception of Annan, Gretna, Dumfries, Langholm and Canonbie, where 5-mile guidance remains in place). Toilet facilities can re-open subject to the implementation of appropriate hygiene routines."

From Monday 6 July:
"Outdoor hospitality can recommence subject to maintaining physical distancing and appropriate hygiene routines."

From Friday 10 July:
"Face coverings must be worn when entering professional shops."

Open competitions, Elite Amateur or Professional events:
"At present, it is not currently envisaged that these type of events will return for some time yet... we ask all of our member clubs and tournament organisers utilising facilities affiliated to Scottish Golf, to adhere to this mandatory regulation on competitive golf by ensuring that they are not operating any competitive events which allow non-members of the club to take part."

Re-opening of indoor hospitality venues:
"At this time it is our understanding that a target date of 15 July remains. As with all of Scottish Golf’s guidance, this is subject to change and will require final sign off from Government. This will not happen until nearer the time and we will continue to keep our clubs updated as and when we have further information available on this aspect."

To read the full statement from Scottish Golf click the link below:

To read the Phase 2 Guidance for Golf Clubs & Golfers, which Scottish Golf has updated and published on its website, click the link below:

Wednesday, July 01, 2020


The Ladies European Tour (LET) has relaunched their brand with a fresh logo, new website and tag line, #RaiseOurGame.  

As part of its relaunch, The Ladies European Tour has also released a short video, which introduces its new tagline, #RaiseOurGame. The film focuses on the hard work and determination it takes for women and girls to pursue their passion, achieve their goals and realise their potential.

The script was written by two-time LET winner Meghan MacLaren, an eloquent 26 year-old who is becoming known for her thoughtful and honest opinions on the issues that affect women's golf. MacLaren's inspirational text is narrated by two-time major winner and European Solheim Cup star Suzann Pettersen.

Meghan MacLaren, who raised her own game last week to win the second event in Justin Rose Ladies' Series, said:

“I loved working on this project and it was great to play an active role in the new direction of our Tour. This is an exciting time for the LET and for women’s golf and to see the growth potential as we look ahead to the future for the next is very fulfilling. I’ve always worked hard to raise my game and I’m proud to be a member of a tour which gives us the opportunity to raise our game further.”

Suzann Pettersen said:

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the LET and I’m excited about the next chapter of the Tour’s history as it looks to provide even more opportunities for women and girls in the game. I’m thrilled to narrate this inspirational video, re-branding the new LET. The future is bright for the LET and its Members.”

Last November the Ladies European Tour joined forces with the LPGA to create an exciting new joint partnership. By January the LET schedule was looking the strongest it had done in years with new sponsors, 24 tournaments and record prize money on offer. There was a genuine buzz about the future of European women's golf. And then, after only three events, the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Three months on, the LET brand refresh with its #RaiseOurGame tagline aims not only to capture the ambition of the new LPGA-LET joint partnership. It also aims to signal that even in the midst of a pandemic the shared desire to keep moving women’s golf forward has not been lost.

LET Chief ExecutiveAlexandra Armas, said:

“This brand refresh expresses our excitement about the LET and its future, how passionate and proud we all are to represent this strong new brand and that we are in this journey together with our partners, determined to create greater opportunities for the women who play golf today and for the ones that will follow in the future."

“It has been an unprecedented and eventful start to the new decade. In January, we announced a record-breaking schedule and we were extremely excited about the 2020 season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been a challenging time for us of late, but we are now focused on the long term."

“This is not only the time to preserve tournaments in 2020 but to build the future that we’re so excited about moving forward for women’s golf. 2020 is a building block to a bigger and better 2021, 2022 and beyond. Together, let’s do all we can to raise our game.”

The Ladies European Tour is due to re-start in mid August with two events in Scotland. The first event is AIS Ladies' Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club from 13-16 August. The second is the AIG Women's British Open, at the Royal Troon Golf Club from 20-23 August.