Sporting Digest: Golf

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Mark James is expected to be named as captain of Europe's 1999 Ryder Cup team on Wednesday. The captain will be announced at a news conference before the start of the BMW International Open at Nord-Eichenried, outside Munich.

Vijay Singh punctuated his final round with an eagle on the 17th hole to win the Sprint International at Castle Rock, Colorado, his second success in as many weeks. Singh, 35, the newly crowned PGA champion, began the day with 33 points and a one-point lead under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event. The Fijian never relinquished it.

Gary Player became the second-oldest winner on the Senior PGA Tour when his 4-under-par 68 gave him a one-stroke victory over Walter Hall and J C Snead in the Northville Long Island Classic at Jericho, New York. Only Mike Fetchick, who won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational on his 63rd birthday, was an older champion than Player, who will be 63 on 1 Nov.