Golfing World News - September 1

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It’s been a crucial weekend in the competition for places in the European Ryder Cup team, as players had one last chance to compete for automatic selection. Despite a superb final round 65 at the Italian Open, Scotsman Stephen Gallacher was unable to clinch the second place finish he needed for qualification:

"Proud of the way I played all week to be honest. Even last week it was a tough sort of pressure situation - you do well enough last week to make it a bit easier this week. But on the whole I've had a great year - to come down to the last hole, the qualifying process is just.. it was a tall order to start with. The guys were quite a bit ahead of me but I'm proud of the round I put in today and I nearly done it but there is nothing more I can do."

So here is the European team so far, and it’s Graeme McDowell who gets that final spot after he shot a superb final round 63. McGinley will announce his three captain’s picks on Tuesday and the English trio of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will certainly be in contention, alongside Italy's Francesco Molinari.

To the LPGA now where Austin Ernst won the Portland Classic on Sunday after a play off against South Korea’s I.K. Kim. Ernst could have sealed her first professional win with a long birdie putt on the playoff hole, but she watched as it settled agonisingly close to the hole. Ernst tapped in for par, to put all the pressure on Kim. Kim however missed this eight-foot par putt in the playoff to hand the win to the American.

Well that’s all for today but join us tomorrow when we’ll know who’ll be in McGinley’s side and we’ll also round up all the weekends PGA action. Thanks for watching and bye for now.

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