2018 Ryder hopefuls wait on host nation call

Five countries will discover tomorrow which of them is to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup.

France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have all bid to host a match which only once before has been held on continental Europe.

That was at Valderrama in Spain in 1997, when Seve Ballesteros led Europe to a second successive one-point victory over the Americans.

The death of the five-time major winner nine days ago has led to some calls for the 2018 contest to be awarded to Madrid in his honour.

But Le Golf National near Paris, which has staged 18 of the last 20 French Opens, would be a popular choice with many given all the drama that has unfolded over a closing stretch that looks tailor-made for the match.

With the Ryder Cup such big business now, however, it is not just about the venue any more. Each bidding nation has had to give financial commitments and outline plans for a lasting legacy of the match.

The decision is to be announced at the headquarters of the European Tour at Wentworth.

Sweden were originally in the process as well, but pulled out because of their economic situation with an intention to target the 2022 match instead.

Next year’s contest takes place in Chicago and the 2014 match at Gleneagles in Scotland, although the dates for that have still to be announced given all the weather problems encountered at Celtic Manor in Wales last October.

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