Tony Jacklin in 2018 Ryder Cup concerns

Tony Jacklin

• Tony Jacklin raises concerns about 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris
• Believes the match won’t have enough of a home advantage
• “The French are not what you would call staunch golf fans”


Four-time European Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin has raised his concerns about Paris as the host venue for the biennial match in 2018.

The 72-year-old, who also played in seven consecutive matches from 1967 to 1979, believes Le Golf National won’t have the same home advantage that a match in the UK and Ireland creates.

“Relatively speaking, golf is a minority sport in France” – Tony Jacklin

“The only reservation I’ve got is that the matches are going to be in Paris and, relatively speaking, golf is a minority sport in France,” Tony Jacklin told Reuters.

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“You like to think your home ground is very much an advantage and I’m not entirely certain that will be the case.”

The 2018 Ryder Cup marks only the second time in history that the event will be held on Continental Europe after it was hosted in Valderrama in 1997.

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Seve Ballesteros captained Europe to a 14.5-13.5 victory in his homeland then (above) and, although fans turned out their numbers, Jacklin believes it was only due to an influx of British holidaymakers.

“When it’s in the UK we get tremendous support,” he added. “When it was in Valderrama in Spain in 1997 there were a lot of British holidaymakers there who supported it.

“The French people are not what you would call staunch golf fans” – Tony Jacklin

“But the French people are not what you would call staunch golf fans. It’s a little bit less of a home advantage in my opinion. The vast majority don’t know what golf is because it’s regarded as an elitist game – it’s the same in Spain and Italy.”

Tony Jacklin raises Ryder Cup concerns

Do you agree that there will be far less of a home advantage at the 2018 Ryder Cup than, say, if it was in the UK or Ireland? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Ken fowler

    December 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Got to say I agree with Tony on this,however it is Europe vUSA so I suppose other countries have to hold the tourney as well

  2. John meikle

    December 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    France will show the USA what class and style really are. The USA team will not understand how the crowd will react to their crass behaviour. I reckon it’s a great home advantage!

  3. Rich O

    December 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    First golf book I ever bought was the Tony Jacklin flip book, it was great if the pages didn’t get stuck together!, and ahead of his time. Got to agree with you on this one Tony, lets bus in a few dedicated golf fans to create a fantastic atmosphere for the event!

  4. Cameron stewart

    December 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Surely the European Tour will have considered this and make sure the marketing including ticket prices will ensure the best
    possible response from the European public. Minnesota not exactly the bedrock of American golf , the people just love a
    Spectacular sporting event . European golf is stronger than ever and more diverse in terms of top national celebrities.
    Confident the public of Europe will respond in numbers .

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