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; now called the Pines Classic course].
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].
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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