French tour pro says fellow countrymen "don't care about the Ryder Cup"

Ryder Cup 2018

The 2018 Ryder Cup might only be a few months away but almost nobody in host country France appears to care.

So says French European Tour Mike Lorenzo-Vera.

In an interview with the New York Times, the 33-year-old delivered a withering assessment on how significant an impact golf’s biggest matchplay event will have on his country.

“People don’t care about the Ryder Cup,” said Lorenzo-Vera. “Honestly, nobody knows there’s going to be a Ryder Cup in France. Only the golfers know. That’s it. There won’t be many French there. There will be so many more from England or Spain. Golf is a very private thing for people in France. Private courses for only rich families or rich people - that’s it.”

• 2018 Ryder Cup to have 'biggest-ever' first tee grandstand

Mike Lorenzo Vera

Asked to explain the ‘general French perception of golf’, he went even further.

• Thomas Bjorn names FOUR more Ryder Cup vice-captains

“If you say to people in France that you play golf, they will say: “No, but really. What’s your real job?” Golf is not a good thing here. It’s for rich people and spoiled kids. That’s the image we have. Actually, we are trying to work on that. People like Alex Lévy are trying to make the game look more fun. But it’s a lot of work. I am just trying to be really nice to everyone.”

Lorenzo-Vera’s comments come as Le Golf National near Paris stages this week’s HNA Open de France, ahead of the USA attempting to mount a successful defence of the Ryder Cup at the same venue in September.

Golf News

Rumour: Tiger and Rory to play in new money match
Herman praises Donald Trump after PGA Tour win
Robert MacIntyre makes extraordinary piece of Open history
Brooks Koepka hits out at Holmes over pace of play
The Open: Post-Championship Report Card

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Only listen to good advice says Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
Lengthen your backswing for more power
Watch
play button
The correct posture is the key to consistency
Watch
play button
The correct way to grip a golf club
Watch
See all videos right arrow