Born:Sept 17, 1962 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf commentator.
Multiple wins on the Australasian Tour (4) and European Tour (2).
During his professional playing career Riley accumulated an impressive trio of national championship titles that included the Australian Open (1991), Scottish Open (1995) and Portuguese Open (1996). His Scottish Open win on the Championship course at Carnoustie came at the expense of Nick Faldo, who finished two shots behind Riley.
After playing almost 20 years on the European Tour, Riley joined the Sky Sports golf team as one of its principal on course commentators for European Tour events.
Played as the Portuguese Open (March 21-14). Second-placed Mark Davis (Eng) and Martin Gates (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Wayne Riley (Aus), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [No.1 course, Aroeira GC, Charneca da Caparica, Portugal].
Played as the Scottish Open (July 12-15). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 2 shots behind 32-year-old Wayne Riley (Aus), who recorded the first of his two European Tour wins. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
Played as the Australian Open (Nov 28-Dec 1). Second-placed Robert Allenby (Aus, amateur) finished 1 shot behind Riley (Aus), who snatched victory with three straight birdies to finish, including a 40-foot putt at the last hole. [Composite of East & West courses, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].
Played as the Air New Zealand Shell Open (Nov 8-11). Second-placed Frank Nobilo (NZ) finished 7 shots behind Riley (Aus). [Titirangi GC, New Lynn, Auckland, NZ].
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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