Hanson clinches Ryder Cup spot

Swedish golfer Peter Hanson reached his qualification target at the Johnnie

Hanson clinches Ryder Cup spot

Walker Championship in Gleneagles and sealed a place on Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Hanson, who won the Czech Open last week, needed a top-43 finish at Gleneagles to guarantee he would make Colin Montgomeries’s squad for the clash against the United States at Celtic Manor in October.

And the 32-year-old did just that as birdies at the 15th and 17th secured a final round 73 that ensured he would become the eighth certain member of the team and the fifth new cap.

“It feels great. I’m going to celebrate tonight and tomorrow as well,” Hanson said.

“I just tried to take it one shot at a time. I was very tired and was trying not to think about making the team, but I felt a little bit of pressure and those birdies felt great.”

At three over for the day and level par for the tournament after 14 holes, he was outside where he had to be if Simon Dyson won the title, but he rolled in a 20-footer on the 15th and two holes later struck an eight iron to two feet.

Meanwhile, Italy’s Francesco Molinari was still one ahead of his brother Edoardo after five holes.

Francesco is another of Colin Montgomerie’s debutants, while Edoardo is in contention for a wild card and hopes to strengthen his claims by winning.

Dyson would make the team if he won and Miguel Angel Jimenez was outside the top nine, but Jimenez moved into a tie for third while Dyson was sixth as the round progressed.

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used