Saturday, September 06, 2014

Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey in running




Seven countries across Europe have declared their interest in hosting the Ryder Cup in 2022.
Tournament organisers set a deadline of August 31 for golfing authorities to advise them of their intention to submit an official bid.
Ryder Cup director Richard Hills announced that notifications have been received from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.
Hills said: "We are absolutely delighted at the level of interest we have received from across Europe in respect of hosting the 2022 Ryder Cup and we welcome each and every one of the seven letters of intent, each received through the respective national golf association, in accordance with bidding regulations."The implementation of this kind of formal bidding process for the 2018 Ryder Cup marked a new era for us all at Ryder Cup Europe, and this take up for 2022 shows that the introduction of a fair, transparent and objective methodology has been welcomed across the Continent.
"Not only that, we feel it is a process which befits a sporting event of the stature of the Ryder Cup and, as we have consistently stated, the key criteria in place will enable us to evaluate each bid equally on both its sporting and commercial merits while, at the same time, allowing us to judge each bid fairly, thoroughly and on a level playing field."
The seven nations will now be provided with an information pack before they are visited by Ryder Cup Europe officials for a series of meetings and inspections later this year.
Official bids need to be submitted by February 16 next year, and Ryder Cup Europe will announce the host nation and venue in the autumn.
The 2016 Ryder Cup will be staged at Hazeltine Golf Club in Minnesota, with the 2018 edition held at Le Golf National in Paris and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin the venue in 2020.



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