Name:John Edward Bickerton
Born:Dec 23, 1969 in Redditch, nr Birmingham, England.
Original/Home Club:Redditch, England
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 6-9; Sunshine/European Trs event; European Tr 2008 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) and Lee Slattery (Eng) finished 1 shot behind John Bickerton (Eng), who recorded the last of his three European Tour wins. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].
Played as the Open de France Alstom (Jun 29-Jul 2). Second-placed Padriag Harrington (Ire) finished 1 shot behind Bickerton (Eng). [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the Abama Open de Canarias (Oct 6-9; one-off Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Stuart Little (Eng) and Michael Kirk (RSA) finished 5 shots behind 35-year-old John Bickerton (Eng), who claimed his first win on the European Tour after 287 starts and finishing second on five occasions. [Abama GC, nr Playa San Juan, Tenerife].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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