The Evian Championship has been moved to August after the Olympic Games was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the LPGA Tour's five major tournaments, the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, is now scheduled to take place between August 6 and 9, when Tokyo 2020 was originally due to take place.

South Korea's Ko Jin-young is defending champion for the event which would have otherwise taken place in July.

The move follows the rescheduling of another major, the ANA Inspiration, and helps the LPGA Tour as they restructure the 2020 calendar in the wake of a host of postponements and cancellations caused by COVID-19.

"We greatly appreciate the willingness of Franck Riboud, Jacques Bungert and the team at the Evian Championship to move dates and align with our European swing," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

"This adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events during a crowded summer and fall timeframe.

"This 2020 schedule shift is yet another example of them supporting our players and our Tours during a very difficult time around the world."

Ko Jin-young must wait until September before defending her ANA Inspiration title after the major championship revealed its new dates.

The coronavirus crisis forced organisers last week to scratch its original slot on the calendar, with the event having initially been due to run from April 2-5 at Mission Hills.

Announcing its new place on the calendar, the tournament said in a statement issued on Friday: "The 2020 ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for September 10-13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

"The tournament was postponed following a mandate issued by Riverside County health officials regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and we are delighted that the LPGA has confirmed this new date in the fall schedule."

South Korean Ko, now 24, landed the first major of her career at the April 2019 edition and went on to add the Evian Championship later in the year.

Mickey Wright, who won 13 majors in an eight-year era of dominance and ranks among the greatest female golfers of all-time, has died at the age of 85.

The American, once described by Ben Hogan as having "the finest golf swing I ever saw", died on Monday, the LPGA announced.

Wright was born in San Diego, California, and won 82 titles on the LPGA Tour, including her haul of majors.

She won both the Women's PGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open four times, landed the Titleholders Championship twice and also earned three wins at the Western Open.

The latter two ranked as majors at the time of Wright's victories but are no longer part of the tour calendar.

After retiring at the age of 34, Wright moved to Port St Lucie in Florida - where she spent the rest of her life.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said: "We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Mickey Wright. We lost a legend, but we may also have lost the best swing in golf history today. Our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Only fellow American Patty Berg, who won 15 times from 1937 to 1958, has landed more majors than Wright.

Ten-time major winner Annika Sorenstam, a modern-day great, wrote on Twitter: "I am very sorry to learn about the passing of golf legend, Mickey Wright.

"She was one of the best women's golfers of all time and by many accounts had the best swing in golf history.

"I have always respected Mickey and the way she chose to quietly go about her business and stay out of the limelight after she stopped playing.

"We are grateful for her many contributions to the game. May she rest in peace."

The evolving world of sport means a new decade is likely to see widespread change.

With superstars like Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Roger Federer and Lewis Hamilton unlikely to be plying their trades in 2030, the stage is set for new names to come to the fore.

Omnisport's team of writers have tipped 20 20-year-olds to do just that over the next 10 years.

 

Men's football: Joao Felix

A €126m move from Benfica to Atletico Madrid made Joao Felix the second most expensive teenager in football history. His career in LaLiga is yet to truly ignite but the forward's lavish gifts are beyond doubt as he faces up to the decade when Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the stage for their native Portugal. Joao Felix is the anointed heir.

Basketball: Luka Doncic

The 2018 EuroLeague MVP and 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year, Doncic's incredible rise has continued unchecked this season – he is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists for the Dallas Mavericks. He should earn a first All-Star appearance this season and make his bow in the playoffs, where you would expect to see him featuring regularly in the coming years.

Cricket: Prithvi Shaw

Opening batsman Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a Test hundred on debut in 2018 and followed that up with a half-century in his second appearance. However, last year was one to forget for Shaw, who had injury problems before serving a six-month doping ban having taken a substance typically found in cough syrups. A first-class double hundred last month suggests he is ready to make up for lost time.

Tennis: Marketa Vondrousova

Although she was unable to win a title on the WTA Tour in 2019, Vondrousova was the runner-up at the French Open – one of three final appearances last year – and having risen to 16th in the world rankings she looks set to break the top 10 soon. The Czech's unorthodox playing style and penchant for drop shots makes her a particularly entertaining watch.

Formula One: Lando Norris

Norris enjoyed an excellent debut season in Formula One, helping McLaren to an impressive fourth place in the constructors' championship. After landing three straight points finishes to end the year, he carries momentum into 2020 and looks capable of challenging Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen over the next 10 years.

UFC: Chase Hooper

Featherweight Hooper was awarded a development deal after winning the second season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018 and is the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. He improved his unbeaten mixed martial arts record to 8-0-1 by stopping David Teymur in the first round of a thoroughly impressive UFC debut in December.

American football: Trevor Lawrence

The NFL is blessed with talented young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, but the potential star of the 2020s will not enter the league until 2021 at the earliest. Clemson's Lawrence possess the size, skill and nerve to succeed at the next level. He is still yet to lose a game in college and is one win away from back-to-back National Championships.

Sport climbing: Janja Garnbret

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and Garnbret is a favourite for success. She successfully defended her bouldering and combined titles at last year's world championships and added gold in the lead discipline. The Slovenian's tally of 14 International Federation of Sport Climbing titles is unprecedented.

Rugby league: Tom Flegler

Front-rower Flegler enjoyed a hugely promising breakthrough year with Brisbane Broncos in 2019, featuring 23 times in his maiden campaign. He has reportedly knocked back a host of lucrative offers to remain with Brisbane in 2020 and will now aim to make an even bigger impact.

Women's football: Georgia Stanway

Vastly experienced for her age, Stanway joined Manchester City from Blackburn Rovers and made her Women's Super League debut at 16 in 2015. She won her second FA Cup with a goalscoring player-of-the-match display as City beat West Ham 3-0 in 2019's Wembley final and was the youngest member of an England squad Phil Neville led to the World Cup semi-finals. If the Lionesses are to take the next step over the coming decade, expect Stanway to play a vital role.

Rugby union: Marcus Smith

Harlequins fly-half Smith is knocking on the door for full England selection after an impressive first two years of his club career. He was man of the match in last July's win over Barbarians, which fans of Eddie Jones' side will hope is a sign of things to come over the next decade.

Golf: Matthew Wolff

The PGA Tour welcomed a host of talented rookies in 2019, but Wolff may just be the best of the bunch. A standout college player with an unorthodox swing that generates enormous power, he won last July's 3M Open in only his third professional start.

MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo

After Jorge Lorenzo, the only man to defeat Marc Marquez in a MotoGP world championship, retired, and with Valentino Rossi nearing the end of his career, fans are looking to the next generation. That group looks set to be led by Quartararo, who will ride a factory-spec Yamaha for 2020 after claiming six pole positions and seven podiums in a magnificent rookie season.

Golf: Nasa Hataoka

Already fifth in the women's world rankings, Hataoka has claimed three LPGA Tour titles in the past 18 months, after becoming the first amateur to win a major on the Japan LPGA Tour back in 2016.

Baseball: Vladimir Guerrero Jnr

Guerrero has a lot to live up to but has already shown enough to suggest he may follow his father into baseball's Hall of Fame. Having signed for the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 2015, Guerrero served his time in the minors before making his debut in the Major Leagues last April. He spent the rest of his maiden season displaying the kind of power that has marked him out as a star of the future, hitting .272, mashing 15 home runs and knocking in 69 RBI. By the end of the next decade, his may well be the face of baseball.

Ice Hockey: Quinn Hughes

Hughes, who could not even debut for the Vancouver Canucks until he recovered from an ankle injury in March, is an elite defenseman who also sat top of the rookie assist chart in late December.

Swimming: Michael Andrew

This year is an Olympic one and for the first time since the 1996 Games, Michael Phelps will not be in the pool. The United States needs a new swimming hero, and the hope is that Phelps' namesake can be the next star. Andrew was the youngest US swimmer to ever turn professional when he did so at 14 and, having finished fourth in the 50 metres butterfly at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, he appears primed to be a breakout star in Tokyo.

Tennis: Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov finished 2019 at a career-high ATP ranking of 15th, having won his first title in Stockholm. Expect his threat at the 2020 majors to be very real.

Athletics: Sydney McLaughlin

At the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, gold in the 4x400 metres relay followed silver in the 400m hurdles for McLaughlin. Only a Dalilah Muhammad world record was enough to deny her the victory.

Boxing: Joseph Adorno

Currently plying his trade in the lightweight division, Adorno was brought up in Puerto Rico and his thunderous left hook has drawn comparisons to Miguel Cotto – the great four-weight world champion hailing from that boxing-mad island. Promoters Top Rank will look to step up Adorno's level of opposition in 2020, although anyone climbing into the corner opposite a young man boasting a 14-0 record with 12 knockouts should make sure they get well paid.

Suzann Pettersen announced her retirement from professional golf in the aftermath of her sensational Solheim Cup heroics for Team Europe.

Europe trailed 13.5-11.5 with three points to play for at Gleneagles, knowing the United States needed just a half to clinch a third consecutive title.

But after Anna Nordqvist and Bronte Law made the improbable suddenly very possible, Pettersen defeated Marina Alex 1up with the final putt of the final hole of the tournament.

The Norweigan, who was one of captain Catriona Matthew's picks, having taken time out in 2017 to have a baby, considered the victory the "perfect closure" as she quit the sport.

"I think this is the perfect closure, the end for my Solheim career and for my professional career," the 38-year-old told a news conference. "It doesn't get any better. To do it with these girls...

"I didn't think I was going to be here four months ago until I met [Matthew] this summer.

"But this is it. I'm completely done. I don't have any plans starting from tomorrow. I'm closing it down tomorrow. What can I say? I'm done."

Reflecting on her crowning Solheim moment, two-time major champion Pettersen opted to deflect praise onto her team-mates.

"I just love my team-mates," she said. "If it wasn't for all of these girls, it wouldn't even have mattered with my putt coming at the end.

"It's an absolute team effort that it ended up coming down to 18th, last putt, last shot. It's the ultimate scenario for both teams really."

USA captain Juli Inkster tried to maintain a positive outlook, believing the incredible finish had been a good advert for the sport.

"I told them afterwards, 'The sun's going to come up tomorrow'," she said. "It was great for women's golf.

"We played great, yesterday [Saturday] was a brutal day of golf. Today, the sun came out and we saw a lot of golf. The Europeans played great, you tip your hat and you move on to Toledo [in 2021]."

Europe pulled of a remarkable last-gasp comeback to claim the Solheim Cup for the first time in six years against the United States at Gleneagles, winning 14.5-13.5.

USA had won the previous two tournaments and looked destined to make it three in a row late in Sunday's singles when they required just half a point to retain the cup with three still to play for.

But the home team, earlier boosted by the outstanding Georgia Hall and debutant Celine Boutier, refused to give up the dream.

The 11-9 lead secured by Hall and Boutier – who both ended with 4-0-0 records – when they followed up their stunning fourballs fightback with another pair of turnarounds had been wiped out, with sisters Nelly and Jessica Korda instead appearing set to be the heroes for USA.

Down 13.5-11.5, Europe rallied and followed up Anna Nordqvist's routine victory with a gritty Bronte Law triumph, meaning it came down to Suzann Pettersen against Marina Alex on the final hole.

The Norwegian, one of captain Catriona Matthew's picks, dropped in a nerveless putt to take the hole, the match and an incredible victory for Europe.

Europe had struck first on Sunday as Carlota Ciganda won the first match to finish at the final when Danielle Kang's putt strayed right, with the American having led heading to the 16th.

That initial lead did not last long as Nelly Korda enjoyed a sensational back nine, winning six holes, to beat Caroline Hedwall 2up.

Then came Hall and Boutier, the former two down through eight but romping past Lexi Thompson 2 and 1, while the latter recovered from her own slow start – losing the first two holes – to win by the same margin against fellow rookie Annie Park.

It appeared their efforts would be in vain, however, as the remaining matches were going the USA's way, and Brittany Altomare celebrated a dominant 5 and 4 thrashing of Jodi Ewart Shadoff, before Angel Yin edged out Azahara Munoz 2 and 1 to level the contest again.

The visitors edged nearer to the required 14 points to retain the title as Jessica Korda followed her sister's success by topping Caroline Masson 3 and 2.

Charley Hull, a star of the 2013 European team, then lost a seemingly costly half a point at the 18th to see her 1up lead over Megan Khang wiped out.

Lizette Salas' 1up success over Anne van Dam put USA on the brink, just half a point away, and even Nordqvist's crushing 4 and 3 win over Morgan Pressel looked to be a mere consolation.

But Law beat Ally McDonald 2 and 1 despite a missed putt at the 17th, with Pettersen seizing the chance to clinch victory after Alex slid her effort past the final hole.

The Solheim Cup singles will begin with the scores level at 8-8 after the United States erased their one-point deficit on day two at Gleneagles, which featured a sensational comeback from Europe's Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier.

Juli Inkster's USA, the holders of the trophy, fought back strongly in Saturday's afternoon fourballs after the spoils were shared in the morning foursomes.

On another day marred by slow play, the USA at one point held leads in all four afternoon matches and looked set to open up a handy advantage ahead of Sunday's singles.

However, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson rescued half a point for Europe against Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex, while Hall and Boutier somehow turned things around against Ally McDonald and Angel Yin.

Hall and Boutier, who have now triumphed in all three of their matches together, sensationally won each of the final five holes to earn victory, having been three down after four, four down after seven and still three down through 13.

In the other fourball matches, Brittany Altomare and Annie Park edged out Suzann Pettersen and Anne van Dam on the 18th, while Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang beat Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz 2up.

The USA opted to leave out the Korda sisters – Nelly and Jessica – in Saturday's second session despite the pair's unbeaten records, while Charley Hull was omitted by Europe.

Hull and Munoz beat Kang and Megan Khang 4 and 3 in the morning and there was a similarly emphatic victory for the Korda siblings, by 6 and 5 against Ciganda and Bronte Law.

Morgan Pressel and Alex pulled off a superb fightback to beat Anna Nordqvist and Van Dam 2 and 1, after falling four down through six, while Hall and Boutier were too strong for Salas and McDonald in a 3 and 2 victory.

Hinako Shibuno secured the most memorable of victories at the Women's British Open on Sunday, holding off the challenge of Lizette Salas to take the trophy on her major championship debut.

The 20-year-old, a rookie on the JLPGA Tour who has hypermobility in her left elbow joint, birdied the final hole with a putt that rattled round the cup before dropping to finish on 18 under par.

That was enough to edge out Salas by one shot despite the American carding a final-day-best seven-under-65 that also saw her birdie-putt lip out at the last.

Overnight leader Shibuno, also competing in her first event outside her native Japan, strode up the final fairway level on 17 under with Salas but clipped an approach to within 15 feet and then displayed remarkable nerve to power the ball into the hole.

That completed a 68 with her challenge reignited after the turn, Shibuno coming home in 31.

Ko Jin-young - already the winner of two majors this year - threatened a third with a blemish-free 66 that took her to 16 under while Morgan Pressel will also leave Woburn with pangs of regret after botching the final hole on her way to a 67 and a final score of 15 under.

Speaking to Sky Sports via an interpreter, Shibuno said: "I’m nervous even though I’ve won. I still feel like I’m going to vomit!

"I was nervous on the front nine, but on the back nine I was okay. I produced a lot of birdies.

"At the end I thought I was going to cry but the tears didn’t come out. Obviously contending at a tournament like this is nerve-wracking, but I also felt that I was going to enjoy this moment as well." 

Hinako Shibuno will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Women's British Open, as she aims to complete a remarkable triumph in the first event she has ever competed in outside of her native Japan.

Shibuno, a 20-year-old rookie on the JLPGA Tour who has hypermobility in her left elbow joint, charged into first place at 14 under with a sensational back nine featuring six birdies and three pars.

While the youngster completed a round of 67 by picking up shots at four of the last five holes, long-time leader Ashleigh Buhai faltered down the stretch, bogeying the 12th, 13th and 16th on her way to a 72.

Buhai, who has never posted a top-25 finish at a major championship, will now need to come from behind on Sunday having led after rounds one and two, while Shibuno is on course to become only the second Japanese winner of a women's major. Chako Higuchi won the Women's PGA Championship in 1977.

Park Sung-hyun (68) of South Korea sits third on 11 under, while compatriot Ko Jin-young - already the winner of two majors this year - is ominously placed four off the pace after a 68 lifted her into a tie for fourth with Morgan Pressel (66) and Lizette Salas (70).

Hopes of a home victory rest with Charley Hull and Bronte Law, who both shot 70 to trail Shibuno by five. Carlota Ciganda is also on nine under but will rue a costly double-bogey on the 18th.

Defending champion Georgia Hall faded on Saturday, shooting a three-over 74 to slip back to four under for the tournament.

Ashleigh Buhai stretched her LPGA British Open advantage on Friday, moving three clear heading into the weekend as she chases a first victory on the Tour.

A superb seven-under 65 saw Buhai lead through 18 holes on Thursday and, despite failing to quite reach the same standards on Friday, a round of 67 saw her advantage extended on the second day.

Buhai had four birdies on the back nine at Woburn and said: "I'm feeling good. I'm trying not to keep thinking, 'It's a major', it's just another tournament.

"I'm really enjoying the way the golf course is playing. It helps that the conditions have been so good and we haven't had to deal with too many elements. I'm feeling very comfortable out there at the moment."

Hinako Shibuno remains second having shot 69, but Danielle Kang, who had matched the 20-year-old Japanese in the opening round, could only shoot level par.

Defending champion Georgia Hall and world number one Ko Jin-young were tied with Kang in ninth.

One former major champion who will not trouble Buhai is Laura Davies, who followed up a 10-over 82 by going three over to miss the cut and finish alone at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Other home hopefuls are faring better, though, with Bronte Law and Charley Hull joint fourth.

Ashleigh Buhai carded a superb 65 to take the lead after round one of the LPGA British Open at Woburn.

A winner of two Ladies European Tour events, Buhai has yet to triumph on the LPGA since joining in 2008 but was in fine form on Thursday, highlighting her seven-under round with eight birdies.

Immediately behind Buhai sat Hinako Shibuno and Danielle Kang, who both carded 66.

Defending champion Georgia Hall kept herself within touching distance of the lead with a three-under 69, while world number one Ko Jin-young overcame a bogey at the 12th and double at the 14th to finish with 68.

Hall - who revealed in the build-up to the tournament her trophy from 2018 had been stolen from her car - did not hit a bogey in a consistent first round but managed just three birdies.

Charley Hull, the other British hopeful, made a bright start to her campaign to win a first major title, shooting a five-under 67 on her home course.

"It puts a bit of pressure on me, but I played quite well today," Hull said.

"It's quite tricky because I know where not to miss it. I've hit shots around here and you just don't want to think of them because obviously it's my home golf course."

Laura Davies, a four-time major champion, now faces a fight to make the cut, however, as she finished with a 10-over 82.

Ko Jin-young won her second major title by closing out a victory at Evian Championship that is projected to send her top of the world rankings.

The Korean shot a near-flawless 67 to win by two shots, following her success at the ANA Inspiration earlier in the year with another major win.

Ko only dropped one shot with five birdies enough to move her ahead of the chasing pack at the Evian Resort Club on Sunday.

Playing partner Park Sung-hyun made Ko wait at the last, having hit her ball into a flower arrangement, but the 24-year-old retained her composure.

A birdie at 17 had given Ko a sizable cushion and after laying into the middle of the green she converted the second of three putts for victory, banking a cheque for $615,000.

Heavy rain made conditions difficult for much of the day, with low scoring tough as a result, but Jennifer Kupcho shot a brilliant 66 to claim the clubhouse lead.

Her round ended on a high with three birdies on the last four holes but the American's pressure was not enough to deny the unflappable Ko.

Shanshan Feng was on Ko's shoulder too, but she narrowly missed a birdie chance at the last and had to settle for finishing level with Kupcho.

Kim Hyo-joo took a one-shot lead into the final day but a disastrous triple-bogey on the 14th, which came after she found the bunker, all but ended her challenge.

She recovered with a birdie at the last to claim a share of second place with Feng and Kupcho.

Kim Hyo-joo took a one-shot lead into the final day of the Evian Championship after a fine six-under round on Saturday, leading a pack of South Koreans at the top of the leaderboard.

Kim was not quite at the standard she set in 2014, when she became champion and produced a record round of 61 when she was only 19, but did enough to seize control of the major.

Only Ariya Jutanugarn posted a better score on moving day, the Thai equalling the best round of the week with a seven-under 64.

Nevertheless, Kim's advantage on 15 under is by no means unassailable, as Park Sung-hyun is just a shot behind having carded a 66 on day three.

Fellow South Koreans Ko Jin-young and seven-time major winner Inbee Park are a further three strokes adrift in a tie for third, with the latter suggesting the local terrain in plays into the hands of her compatriots.

"I really think this course suits Korean players, because all the golf courses in Korea are built in the mountains," she said.

"We are really used to the undulations and the lies we get."

Park Sung-hyun moved into first at the turn after holing out from the bunker for eagle, but Kim finished stronger, getting birdies on 13, 14, 16 and 17, helping her make up for two bogeys in her first four holes.

Lee Mi-hyang went into the day with the lead but carded her worst round of the major, finishing level par at 71 to sit five off the top and tied for fifth with China's Shanshan Feng.

The action began early on Saturday due to weather warnings and that move ensured everyone got around just in time, with a storm unloading shortly after play finished.

However, Sunday looks set for interruptions, with rain forecast for much of the day.

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