Ryder Cup 2022 process starts
Ryder Cup Europe has announced the opening of the official bidding process for countries wishing to host the 2022 event.
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This will be the second time such a process has been in place following the unqualified success to determine the 2018 host. Then, the process drew bids from Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain and eventual winners France, who were unveiled at a press conference at Wentworth Club in May 2011.
Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills said: "The implementation of a formal bidding process for The 2018 Ryder Cup marked a new era for Ryder Cup Europe. The introduction of a fair, transparent and objective methodology was one not only welcomed by all participating countries, but one which also befitted a sporting event of the stature of The Ryder Cup.
"We have carefully considered how we might improve this process further and as a result, the timetable to determine the 2022 host will be shorter and simpler whilst retaining the level playing field approach. The key criteria in place enables 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 and thoroughly.”
As with the 2018 process, all bids must be channelled through national Golf Federations, Golfing Unions or Central Government, and only one bid per country will be accepted. Countries must officially advise Ryder Cup Europe of their intention to submit a bid by August 31 this year, and finalised bid dossiers will be required by February 16 2015.
Following a period of detailed analysis of each bid by a management team working on behalf of Ryder Cup Europe, together with the assistance of an independent panel of experts, the host country and venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup will be announced in autumn 2015.
It is expected that bids will be submitted from a wide range of countries whose players are eligible for selection to the European Team and who are sure to benefit in a similar manner to previous host countries from the unique sporting eminence of The Ryder Cup.