Ladies Irish Open
Played as the Women's Irish Open (Sept 22-25; last played in 2012).
Played as the Ladies Irish Open supported by Failte Ireland (Aug 3-5; next played in 2022). Second-placed Suzann Pettersen (Nor) finished 1 shot behind Catriona Matthew (Scot). [Killeen Castle GC, Dunsany, Co. Meath].
Played as the Ladies Irish Open supported by Failte Ireland (Aug 5-7). Second-placed Azahara Muñoz (Esp) finished 6 shots behind Pettersen (Swe), who carded a final round 8-under-par 64. [Killeen Castle GC, Dunsany, Co. Meath].
Played as the AIB Ladies Irish Open (Aug 6-8). Second-placed Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) and In-kyung "I.K." Kim (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Gustafson (Swe). [Killeen Castle GC, Dunsany, Co. Meath].
Played as the AIB Ladies Irish Open (June 26-28). Second-placed Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Florentyna Parker (Eng) and Sophie Gustafson (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Luna (Italy), who won her second Ladies European Tour title and first for five years. [Portmarnock Hotel & Links, nr Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the AIB Ladies Irish Open (July 11-13; last played in 2003). Second-placed Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) finished 5 shots behind Pettersen (Nor). [Portmarnock Hotel & Links, nr Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the Ladies Irish Open (June 13-15; next played in 2008). Second-placed Laura Davies (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Gustafson (Swe). [Mahony's Point course, Killarney G&FC, Co. Kerry].
Played as the Ladies Irish Open (May 10-12). Tinning (Den) beat Suzann Pettersen (Nor) with a par at the first playoff hole, to become the first Danish winner in women's professional golf. [Lackabane course, Killarney G&FC, Co. Kerry].
Played as the Waterford Crystal Ladies Irish Open (Aug 24-26). Second-placed and defending champion Sophie Gustafson (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Carriedo (Esp). [Faithlegg GC, nr Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland].
Played as the Waterford Crystal Ladies Irish Open (June 8-11). Second-placed Marine Monnet (Fra) finished 1 shot behind Gustafson (Swe), who recorded her fifth Ladies European Tour win. [Faithlegg GC, nr Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland].
Played as the Donegal Irish Ladies Open (Sept 2-5). Mendiburu (Fra) beat Raquel Carriedo (Esp), Laura Davies (Eng) and Elisabeth Esterl (Ger) in a playoff, to record second European Ladies' PGA Tour win. [Letterkenny GC, Co. Donegal, Ireland].
Played as the Donegal Irish Ladies Open (Sept 4-6). Gustafson (Swe) beat Iben Tinning (Den) at the first playoff hole, to record her second European Ladies' PGA Tour win. Play was abandoned early on the final day due to high winds; a playoff was deemed possible between Gustafson and Tinning, who were tied after 54 holes. [Glashedy Links, Ballyliffin GC, Co. Donegal, Ireland].
Played as the Guardian Irish Open (June 26-29). Second-placed Laura Navarro (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Meunier-Lebouc (Fra), who recorded her second win on the Women's Professional Golf European Tour. [Luttrellstown Castle G&CC, Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the Guardian Irish Open (July 25-28). Second-placed Trish Johnson (Eng) finished 8 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [Citywest Resort GC, Saggart, nr Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the Guardian Irish Holidays Open (July 27-30). Second-placed Asa Gottmo (Swe) finished 16 shots behind defending champion Davies (Eng), who recorded her 20th win on the Women's Professional Golf European Tour. [St Margaret's G&CC, St Margaret's, Co. Dublin].
Played as the Holiday Ireland Women's Open (July 28-31; last played in 1986). Second-placed Helen Wadsworth (Wales) and Carin Hjalmarsson (later Carin Koch) finished 8 shots behind Davies (Eng). [St Margaret's G&CC, St Margaret's, Co. Dublin].
Played as the British Midland Ladies Irish Open (June 5-8; next played in 1994). Second-placed Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 6 shots behind Thomson (Scot). [City of Derry GC, nr Londonderry, N. Ireland].
Ladies Irish Open not played in 1985.
Played as the Smirnoff Ladies Irish Open (Oct 11-14; co-sponsored by the American LPGA Tour and British/European WPGA Tour ... after some "political" wrangling between the two organisations). Second-placed Becky Pearson (USA) and Pat Bradley (USA) finished 2 shots behind 45-year-old Whitworth (USA). [Clandeboye GC, Bangor, N.Ireland].
Played as the Smirnoff Irish Women's Open (May 19-21). Panton (Scot) beat Beverly Lewis (Eng), Muriel Thomson (Scot) and Susan Moon (USA) at the first playoff hole. [Portstewart GC, Portstewart, nr Coleraine, N.Ireland].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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