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U.S. Announces 2007 Solheim Cup Team

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The Solheim Cup will be contested this September in Sweden and the United States Captain Betsy King announced Laura Diaz and Nicole Castrale as the final two picks for this year’s team.

This week’s Safeway Classic was the last event for which players could earn points to qualify for the team, and immediately after the event, King announced her picks saying, "(We have) a good combination of veterans such as Juli Inkster… and of rookies such as Morgan Pressel, Stacy Prammanasudh, Brittany Lincicome and Nicole (Castrale). We have solid Solheim Cup experience and we have a lot of youth and energy, as well."

King had strong reasons to choose Castrale and Diaz, both of whom played very well at the Safeway, "I have to say this is probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life. But I’m very happy with the two players that I’ve chosen to complete our team. Some information about Nicole Castrale, she became a Rolex First-Time Winner this year at the Ginn Tribute, hosted by ANNIKA. And she had 5 top 10 finishes including a tie for 10th at the (McDonald’s) LPGA Championship. Laura Diaz, it will be her 4th appearance on the Solheim Cup team. She has 4 top 10 finishes in 2007 with more than $450,000 in earnings. And she has three top-10 finishes in her last five events prior to this week. She’s top-10 in greens in regulation at 67 percent," said King.

Another major factor that went into King’s decision was experience, especially since the Solheim Cup will be contested in Sweden this year, "I thought that was very important, particularly going over to Sweden to have someone that had played over there before. As you all know it’s a little bit of a different time when you’re over in Europe playing, you’re not drawing a lot of people rooting for you. You have to be pretty self-motivated. And I took that into consideration with my picks. I’m very happy with this whole team." Castrale was ranked 11th on the Solheim Cup Points List while Diaz was ranked 13th. The two provide a solid combination of youth and experience which will fit in very well with the rest of the team. This will be Laura Diaz’s fourth Solheim Cup appearance while Castrale will be the fourth rookie on the team along with Brittany Lincicome, Stacey Prammanasudh, and Morgan Pressel.

2007 U.S. Solheim Cup Team
Captain: Betsy King
Assistant captain: Beth Daniel

1. Paula Creamer
2. Cristie Kerr
3. Morgan Pressel
4. Juli Inkster
5. Stacy Prammanasudh
6. Pat Hurst
7. Natalie Gulbis
8. Brittany Lincicome
9. Angela Stanford
10. Sherri Steinhauer

Captain’s picks
Nicole Castrale
Laura Diaz

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Report: 2020 Open Championship set to be cancelled; R&A releases statement in response: “continuing to work through options”

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This year’s Open Championship will be cancelled outright by the R&A due to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Golf Digest.

Per the report, an unnamed source has divulged to the publication that the championship will next take place in 2021 with St. Andrews hosting the event. Royal St. Georges, due to host the 2020 Open Championship, would instead host the 2024 edition.

According to Golf Digest’s source, insurance has played a pivotal role in the decision making. As with Wimbledon, the Open Championship has an insurance policy that protects itself against a global pandemic if the event is cancelled by a specific date.

On Wednesday, the R&A officially announced that the 41st Curtis Cup would be played in 2021 while the organization also moved the British Amateur and British Women’s Amateur from June to August.

Though unconfirmed, this would mark the first major championship of 2020 to be cancelled outright, with the Masters and PGA Championship having been officially postponed.

*UPDATE*

On Thursday morning, in light of the speculation surrounding this year’s Open Championship, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, released a statement where he said the R&A are “continuing to work through our options for The Open this year.”

“We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement. Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can. We will give a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this challenging situation.”

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Report: Woods-Mickelson Part 2 likely to happen in May and will feature two other sporting superstars

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Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson teased “The Match” Part 2 on his social media, and according to a report from CNBC the exhibition, though unconfirmed, is likely to take place in May and will include both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

On Monday evening, golf journalist Robert Lusetich stated that the potential “The Match” Part 2 would likely involve NFL legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a two on two contest.

Now per CNBC’s report, who claim that “a person familiar with the negotiations” confirmed the story to them, the contest is organized by AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour, and would likely take place in May with the proceeds going towards coronavirus relief charities.

The report also claims the event would likely not be a pay-per-view contest, with plans also in place to feature big names throughout the PGA, NFL, and National Basketball Association.

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Schedule postponements and cancellations on the PGA Tour, European Tour plus the four majors: What we know so far

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour and European Tour have taken steps to cancel or postpone several events. Action has also been taken on some of golf’s major championships, and here we’ll summarize what decisions have been made so far altering the 2020 calendar.

The Majors

Both The Masters (April 9-12) and PGA Championship (May 14-17) have been officially postponed with hopes of rescheduling both events for later in the year. According to the NY Post, the US Open is also set to be postponed and rescheduled for “later in the summer”, though as of Tuesday, March 31 the USGA has made no formal announcement confirming this news.

The R&A has of yet made no announcement on this year’s Open Championship which is due to take place from 16-19 of July.

  • April 9-12: The Masters – Postponed
  • May 14-17: PGA Championship – Postponed
  • June 18-21: US Open – NY Post reporting postponed; not yet confirmed by USGA
  • July 16-19: Open Championship – On Schedule

PGA Tour

Since cancelling the Players Championship mid-event, the PGA Tour decided to cancel several subsequent tournaments. As of now, the earliest return date for the PGA Tour is May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which is played the same week as the WGC-Match Play was postponed with plans to reschedule the event.

  • March 12-15: The Players Championship – Cancelled
  • March 19-22: Valspar Championship – Cancelled
  • April 16-19: RBC Heritage – Cancelled
  • April 23-26: Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Cancelled
  • April 30-May 3: Wells Fargo Championship – Cancelled
  • May 7-10: AT&T Byron Nelson – Cancelled

European Tour

Along with the cancelled WGC-Match Play and confirmed postponed major championships, the European Tour has postponed a further seven events. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European Tour has chosen to postpone almost every upcoming event for the time being instead of cancelling. The GolfSixes Cascais is the only confirmed cancellation as of now.

On Monday, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open became the latest tournament to be postponed meaning the earliest possible return date for action on the European Tour is now June 4 at the Trophee Hassan II.

  • March 12-15: Magical Kenya Open – Postponed
  • March 19-22: Hero Indian Open – Postponed
  • April 16-19: Maybank Championship – Postponed
  • April 23-26: Volvo China Open – Postponed
  • April 30-May 3: Andalucia Masters – Postponed
  • May 9-10: GolfSixes Cascais – Cancelled
  • May 21-24: Made in Denmark – Postponed
  • May 28-31: Irish Open – Postponed
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