Ry­der 2026 de­ci­sion in next few months

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GOLF -

A de­ci­sion on the 2026 Ry­der Cup will be con­firmed “in the next three to four months,” Euro­pean Tou rchief Keith Pel­ley has said.

Adare Manor is re­garded as a strong con­tender to stage the bein­nial event in eight years time, with Pel­ley in­di­cat­ing that it may face venue ri­vals for the bid.

Pel­ley said that af­ter this year’s event at Le Golf Na­tional in Paris, which drew record crowds, the tour re­ceived “three or four calls” from par­ties in­ter­ested in host­ing the 2026 event. Of more im­me­di­ate con­cern is the venue for Europe’s next host­ing of the Ry­der Cup, with Tour chiefs meet­ing with of­fi­cials in Rome last week.

“Italy in 2022 is a story that peo­ple talk about but we had con­ver­sa­tions this week about the open­ing cer­e­mony be­ing in the Colos­seum. These are se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tions with Ital­ian de­ci­sion mak­ers and of­fi­cials.” Con­cerns have been ex­pressed about the de­lay in work on the Marco Si­mone Golf and Coun­try Club. Pel­ley has de­scribed it as a “con­struc­tion zone.”

“The fact is that the gov­ern­ment has funded Marco Si­mone, the money has been trans­ferred,” Pel­ley said. “The only thing we have a con­cern with is we were late get­ting the golf course started and we want to have at least one Ital­ian Open at Marco Si­mone prior to the Ry­der Cup. Our time­lines are tight.”

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