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Ryder Cup Madrid 2018 statement
May 24, 2011

The Ryder Cup will not be heading to Madrid in 2018 following the decision by the Ryder Cup Committee to award the event to France. Madrid presented a strong bid against rival nations France, Germany, Portugal and Holland, but lost out following the decision at Wentworth earlier today.

Over the past two years, everyone involved with the Madrid 2018 has worked extremely hard to win the right to host golf's greatest showpiece, but unfortunately this wasn't to be. The bid team would like to thank the public, players and ambassadors for all of their support.

Following the announcement, Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG), said: " Madrid would have been a fantastic venue for the Ryder Cup in 2018, but unfortunately our dream has not come true. I honestly believe we could not have produced a better bid, and I have been extremely proud to be a part of it. I hope that Spain will one day be given the opportunity to host the Ryder Cup again.  Congratulations to France on their victory, I'm sure they will do a fantastic job".

"I would also like to thank the likes of José María Olazábal, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Sergio Garcia, and all of our bid supporters who have shown great unity in backing this bid from the very beginning. Of course, I also have to mention the tremendous support that came from our late Bid Patron and Ryder Cup legend, Seve Ballesteros. It was an honour to work with him on the Madrid 2018 bid and he will be sadly missed by everyone involved in the game".

Angeles Alarcó, General Director of Tourism in the Region of Madrid, commented: "Madrid has always been a fantastic sporting destination, and I'm confident that the community would have hosted a Ryder Cup to remember. Unfortunately for everyone involved in the bid, and the people of Madrid, this won't be happening in 2018. 

We received fantastic institutional backing throughout the bidding process from the likes of the Royal House, the Secretary of State for Sports, the Spanish Olympic Committee, the Region of Madrid and the local government of Tres Cantos. I would like all of them for their support and hard work. I would also like to congratulate France - I'm sure they will stage an excellent Ryder Cup in 2018."

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