Ryder Cup Europe is delighted to announce that seven nations have expressed an interest in bidding for the right to host The 2022 Ryder Cup.

The date for officially advising tournament organisers of their intention to submit a bid was last Sunday, August 31, and, by that time, notifications had been received from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.

Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills said: “We are absolutely delighted at the level of interest we have received from across Europe in respect of hosting The 2022 Ryder Cup and we welcome each and every one of the seven letters of intent, each received through the respective national golf association, in accordance with bidding regulations.

“The implementation of this kind of formal bidding process for The 2018 Ryder Cup marked a new era for us all at Ryder Cup Europe, and this take up for 2022 shows that the introduction of a fair, transparent and objective methodology has been welcomed across the Continent.

“Not only that, we feel it is a process which befits a sporting event of the stature of The Ryder Cup and, as we have consistently stated, the key criteria in place will enable 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, thoroughly and on a level playing field.”

All seven interested nations will now be given an official information pack before a series of meetings and inspection visits by Ryder Cup Europe officials are undertaken before the end of the year.

Monday February 16, 2015 is the next important date in the process; that being the day the formal submission of official bids needs to be made.

Following that, 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 – will be undertaken, with the announcement of the successful host country and venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup expected in autumn 2015.

KEY BID CRITERIA FOR THE 2022 RYDER CUP

1. Demonstrable Government, Political, Institutional and Golfing Community support

2. Commitment to the development of  a world-class golf facility (new or existing) to host The 2022 Ryder Cup

3. Provision of ancillary facilities, suitable access and infrastructure commensurate with the staging of an international sporting event, including proximity to a major international city

4. Commercial opportunities available to The Ryder Cup

5. Contribution of the Bid Country to the development of golf, for example:

Legacy

Contribution to the professional game

Integration of golf within tourism and business communities

Development of levels of golf participation

Professional tournament golf at all levels

Contribution to The Ryder Cup: eg Player eligibility and participation

The Ryder Cup – Upcoming Venues

2014: The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland

2016: Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota, USA

2018: Le Golf National, Paris, France

2020: Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin, USA

2022: TBC

2024: Bethpage Black Course, New York, USA

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

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