Rome, chosen to host the 2022 edition ahead of the Spanish candidacy
It could not be. Again, it could not be. The golfing Spain again lost a vote and was once again without the Ryder Cup. This time it was the Italian candidacy that has taken the upper hand and Rome will host the 2022 edition of The PGA de Catalunya (Girona) It was a favorite candidate but eventually gave in to the Alpine thrust.
The candidacy of Italy won the final vote to Spain, Germany and Austria, as confirmed this Monday Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour. “Rome is a magnificent setting. It is an ambitious project and share development plans with Italian golf, “he said.
After organizing the 1997 edition at Valderrama thanks to the efforts of Severiano Ballesteros, Spain has been on the verge of hosting the Ryder again in 2018 (lost to France) and now in 2022.
The billionaire owner of the PGA de Catalunya, the Irishman Denis O’Brien, was the driving force of the Spanish candidacy and was supported by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, headed by its president, Gonzaga Escauriaza. “We are convinced that the PGA would have been a great venue, but our wish has not come true, congratulations to Italy,” said Escauriaza.
The defeat is a blow to the dreams of Girona and development. The latest edition of the Ryder held in Gleneagles, Scotland, had an impact for the region of 145 million euros. Investments that now the historic city of Rome will be.
The Ryder Cup is one of the competitions with more pedigree in the golfing universe. It is held biannually and the seat rotates between the United States and Europe. The tournament facing a team of twelve American golfers against twelve European players with nothing at stake beyond pride, which makes the Ryder a unique competition. Onsite combiner Old Continent has won six of the last seven editions, highlighting the historic comeback of 2012 in Medinah with captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona