Rome wins 2022 Ryder Cup bid

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So the decision has been made that Marco Simone Golf Club just outside of Rome will host the 2022 Ryder Cup. Ryder Cup director Richard Hills said that their bid had the best infrastructure, commercial and government support. Indeed the bid team were hosted at the home of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The course, with its narrow fairways and lakes has views of the 11th century castle of San Marco and from thr 17th and 18th tees views across to the city. Whether it is true or not there has been talk of the Opening Ceremony taking place at the Colloseum, which would certainly make for impressive telvision. In addition the European Tour have pledged to bolster the prize fund of the Italian Open to €5 million, and thus attract a stronger field thanit has traditionally done. Two time Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari has said he wants to be involved in any capacity. With the 2018 Ryder Cup taking place in Paris this looks like the European venues for the Ryder Cup will be staged in continental Europe for the forseeable future. I must admit that I had thought the German bid, to be held near Berlin, would have been favourite and wonder whether the experience of the staging of the 2015 Solheim Cup had any bearing as there were problems with transport and the staging of the event.

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