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Ryder Cup Director: Italy’s 2022 Bid Requires Course Changes

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:46 Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:42

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ROME, Italy (Andrew Dampf/AP) — Ryder Cup officials say that Italy’s bid for the 2022 event will require overhauling some holes on the Marco Simone course outside Rome.

The Jim Fazio-designed course was last used for top-level competition for the 1994 Italian Open.



Rio’s Residents to Host Olympic Fans as Airbnb Signs Deal for 2016 Games

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:12 Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:10

altThe famous Rio de Janeiro welcome and hospitality of its residents will play a lead role in accommodating visitors during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. After Rio 2016 signed an agreement with Airbnb, the online home rental community, about 20,000 affordable accommodation options in the city will be available to visiting sport fans.

“Unlike most hotels we can offer visitors the feeling of being at home, and the majority of guests we host are searching for exactly this,” said Daniel Almeida, who rents eight rooms in his home in the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa through Airbnb. “We may not have the very best rooms or locations in the city, be what makes us different is the human warmth we offer.”



From the Fringe: Janzen, Mediate Volunteer at Biloxi Habitat Home

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:07 Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:00

altBILOXI, Mississippi (Mary Sergeant/PGA TOUR Charities) — Prior to the start of the 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire, Champions Tour professionals Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate got out bright and early to work with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in its construction of a house that will one day become the home of a Biloxi family.

The two were all smiles as they painted the interior of what will become the living room for the future homeowners.

“I could paint here all day,” Mediate said.“But then I would be too sore to play tomorrow.”

This was the first time that either of the men had ever worked with Habitat for Humanity.



Jimmy Walker Wins Hometown Texas Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:56 Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:45

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Tim Price/AP) — Jimmy Walker won his hometown Texas Open to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes.

Walker closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 11-under 277 at TPC San Antonio, a 35-minute drive from his home. The 36-year-old former Baylor player won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots in January and has a tour-best five victories in the past two seasons.

Spieth also finished with a 70, making four late birdies in a row. The 21-year-old Dallas player was coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago at Innisbrook.

Walker and Spieth will move to career highs in the world ranking, with Spieth going from sixth to fourth and Walker from 13th to 10th.



David Frost Wins Champions Tour Event in Mississippi

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:44 Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:38

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SAUCIER, Mississippi (Gareth Clary/AP) — David Frost survived a one-stroke penalty on the par-3 17th and won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic when Tom Lehman missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

The 55-year-old South African finished with a 4-under 68 at Fallen Oak for a one-stroke victory over 2011 winner Lehman and second-round leader Kevin Sutherland.

Frost was penalized after the coin marking his ball on the green moved when he accidentally dropped the ball on it. That left him with a bogey and cut his lead to a stroke.



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