A Roman Ryder Cup may be on the horizon.
Italy will bid to host the 2022 matches at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club outside its capital city, the Associated Press reported today.
With the next European Ryder Cup slated for Paris in 2018, a foray to Italy four years hence would make for a honeymoon swing of sorts. The land of pasta and red wine will vie with Austria, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Spain to host the third European Ryder Cup staged outside the British Isles (Spain hosted at Valderrama in 1997).
Meanwhile, Turkey withdrew its 2022 bid because of infrastructural concerns at its proposed host site, the AP also reported. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course, site of this week’s Turkish Airlines Open, lacks the room for grandstands because of the number of trees on site, and securing permission to remove the amount of trees necessary to host a Ryder Cup would be impossible, Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Agaoglu told the AP.
Turkey instead will bid for the 2026 Ryder Cup at a newly built facility, Agaoglu said.