The Duke of York yesterday partnered Lee Westwood at the re-opening of the Brabazon course at The Belfry, which in 2001 will stage the Ryder Cup for the fourth time. Nearly pounds 2.5m has been spent on giving the Sutton Coldfield course a facelift and Prince Andrew, a seven-handicapper, took part in a celebrity fourball match against Christy O'Connor Jnr and Lord Daresbury, chief executive of Greenhalls Groups, which owns The Belfry. Before the match the Duke unveiled a plaque and said: "Having the opportunity to christen the remodelled Brabazon course is a true honour. We are looking forward to coming back in 2001 for the Ryder Cup." The course has been closed since last November for the work to be carried out.Reuse content
Peter O'Malley and Stephen Leaney were named yesterday as Australia's representatives for the World Cup in New Zealand in November. O'Malley, a former Scottish Open champion, was chosen as the highest-placed Australian on last season's Australasian PGA tour. Leaney was offered a place after seven other Australians above him on the world rankings declined to play.