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Scudamore named as part of Ryder Cup committee

New role: Former Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore
New role: Former Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

By Phil Casey

Former Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has been named as one of the members of the European Tour's new Ryder Cup committee.

The committee, whose aim is to "enhance the commercial and brand value" of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States, also includes 2014 captain Paul McGinley and Ian Ritchie, the former chief executive of the Rugby Football Union and the All England Lawn Tennis Club and current chairman of the Gallagher Premiership.

European Tour chairman David Williams said: "The success of the 2018 Ryder Cup in France demonstrated the global appeal of the modern-day Ryder Cup, but there remains significant growth potential. This committee will look at ways of optimising that while also protecting the contest's rich heritage.

"In many ways, the Ryder Cup committee mirrors precisely what we have on the board of the European Tour in terms of a balance between sports professionals and business leaders."

The committee will be chaired by Sir Damon Buffini, a non-executive director on the European Tour board, and is completed by European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and Ryder Cup director Guy Kinnings.

Meanwhile, France's Clement Berardo has been disqualified from a Challenge Tour tournament after running out of balls.

Berardo lost the final ball in his bag on the 16th hole of Valle Romano Golf in the Andalucia-Costa del Sol Match Play 9 and was therefore disqualified for failing to finish his round.

The 32-year-old ran up a quadruple-bogey nine on the first and bogeyed the sixth and eighth to reach the turn in 41.

Berardo then double-bogeyed the 10th and dropped further shots on the 14th and 15th.

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