Ryder Cup: Italy named as host country for 2022 matchDecember 14, 2015 Golf News
In a shock decision, the iconic event is heading for Rome rather than Berlin or Barcelona
The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome will host the 2022 Ryder Cup.
Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain were the four nations bidding to follow Hazeltine in Minnesota next year, France in 2018 and Whistling Straits in 2020.
Germany’s Berlin bid was the long-time favourite with the only serious alternative Spain’s option of PGA Catalunya.
But the Bid Committee came to the conclusion that Italy’s bid was strong across all areas they were being judged on, and they are offering a compete reconstruction of the host course to the highest standards.
The award of the 2022 Ryder Cup will continue Italy’s contribution to the contest which began back in 1993 at The Belfry with Costantino Rocca. He became the first Italian to compete in the Ryder Cup and tasted victory in 1995 at Oak Hill and again in 1997 at Valderrama.
Since then the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, have carried the Italian flag in the Ryder Cup. Both played in Europe’s narrow victory in Celtic Manor in 2010 and Francesco earned a invaluable half point against Tiger Woods during the incredible miracle in Medinah in 2012.
“The Italian bid was consistently strong and impressive across the board”. Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy, whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for the 2022 Ryder Cup”.