The official deadline for countries to submit their bids to host the 2022 Ryder Cup was set for August 31 this year. As a result, Ryder Cup Europe has now revealed that seven countries have stated their intentions to stage the biennial match.
Hoping to host the 2022 edition of the Ryder Cup are Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.
All seven nations will be given an official information pack before a series of meetings and inspection visits by Ryder Cup Europe officials are carried out before the end of the year.
Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills has welcomed the promising submission from the bidding nations.
“We welcome each and every one of the seven letters of intent,” said Hills. “Each received through the respective national golf association, in accordance with bidding regulations.
"The key criteria in place will enable us to evaluate each bid equally." - Richard Hills
“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.”
Monday February 16, 2015 is the next important date in the process as it is the day formal submission of official bids must 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.
The announcement of the successful host country and venue for the event is expected in autumn 2015.
key bid criteria for the 2022 Ryder Cup
Demonstrable government, political, institutional and golfing community support.
Commitment to the development of a world-class golf facility - new or existing - to host The 2022 Ryder Cup.
Provision of ancillary facilities, suitable access and infrastructure commensurate with the staging of an international sporting event, including proximity to a major international city.
Commercial opportunities available to the Ryder Cup.
Contribution of the bid country to the development of golf, for example:
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