Accepted: By Japan’s Shugo Imahira, a special invitation to compete in the Masters Tournament, said officials at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club. Imahira, who plays primarily on the Japan Golf Tour, won the JGT’s Bridgestone Open last fall and has risen to No. 53 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Imahira’s acceptance brings to 80 the number of players scheduled to compete in the April 11-14 event.
Introduced: As Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, during a news conference Tuesday at European Tour headquarters in Virginia Water, England. Harrington, 47, a three-time major champion, compiled a 9-13-3 record in six Ryder Cups from 1999 to 2010 for Europe in the biennial series against America’s top professionals. He was one of Thomas Bjorn’s assistant captains last fall as Europe defeated the U.S., 17½-10½, in France. It was the Europeans’ ninth victory in the past 12 matches. The 2020 Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. The Americans’ captain has not been announced, but Wisconsin native and resident Steve Stricker is the favorite.
Scrapped: By the PGA Tour, plans to hold a new tournament hosted by basketball star Stephen Curry at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., according to a report by Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. Kroichick, citing sources close to the negotiations, said that talks with Workday, a finance and human-resources software company based in nearby Pleasanton, fell apart. The tournament was expected to be played Sept. 19-22 as part of the Tour’s 2019-20 season. Last month, Lake Merced members overwhelmingly approved $3.6 million in course upgrades as a prerequisite to hosting the tournament. Lake Merced still is scheduled to play host to the LPGA Mediheal Championship on May 2-5.
Added: To the Web.com Tour’s 2019 schedule, the Dormie Network Classic, to be held April 25-28 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. The Dormie Network also owns Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., site of the developmental tour’s season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. The additional tournament brings the tour’s schedule to 28 events.