Rome to host 2022 Ryder Cup matches

Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:50am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Rome will become only the third Ryder Cup host from Continental Europe after Italy pipped Germany, Spain and Austria on Monday in the bidding race to stage the 44th edition of the matches in 2022.

The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, situated 17km from the center of the Italian capital, is to follow in the footsteps of Valderrama, Spain in 1997 and Le Golf National, on the outskirts of Paris, in 2018.

There were initially seven bidders but Denmark, Portugal and Turkey withdrew their interest in the early stages.

"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," said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley in a statement.

"History has shown time and again the Ryder Cup is pure theater with the players the stars, and there is no question the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf."

The tour said it was particularly pleased by the pledge to undertake a complete reconstruction of Marco Simone to meet the highest standards demanded by the matches.

There was also a commitment to guarantee a prize fund of seven million euros ($7.67 million) at the Italian Open for 11 years beginning in 2017.

Prize money at the 2016 Italian Open will also double from 1.5 million euros to a minimum of three million.   Continued...

The Ryder Cup sits on the grass at the driving range following the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh