Pelley quells fears over 2018 Ryder Cup

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• European Tour allays concerns over 2018 Ryder Cup
• "Delivering a safe and secure event is at the forefront"
• Comments come after terror attacks in Paris on Friday


The European Tour has moved to quell fears surrounding the staging of the 2018 Ryder Cup in France following the devastating terror attacks in Paris on Friday night.

At least 129 people died and hundreds more were wounded in six separate attacks in the city centre and at the Stade de France in St Denis, where the French football team were hosting Germany in a friendly.

And with concerns growing about the staging of the event at Le Golf National, a short drive south-west from Paris, in just under three years’ time, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley responded to a question asked by reassuring prospective spectators that all the necessary security checks will continue to be carried out.
"Delivering a safe and secure event is at the forefront of our minds" - Keith Pelley

“First and foremost, the thoughts of everyone at the European Tour are with the whole of France and in particular the families and friends of those affected by the terrible events in Paris on Friday,” he said.

“In terms of the 2018 Ryder Cup, delivering a safe and secure event is at the forefront of our minds, as it has been in all our previous home matches.


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“Since May 2011, when the 2018 Ryder Cup venue decision was taken, we have been working closely with our partners in France on every aspect of the event, including security, and that will continue for the next 34 months.”

The 2018 Ryder Cup will mark only the second time the match has been held on continental Europe – it was held at Valderrama, Spain in 1997 – with France seeing off the challenges of Portugal, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

This was despite calls from some for it to go to Spain as a tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros, who died ten days before Le Golf National was announced as the host venue on May 17, 2011.

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