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Ryder Cup Bid In Full Swing?


As the time continues to pass, the plans for the 34th Ryder Cup begin to crystallise and the battle to host the event hots up, at least in the press.

In the UK a decision is still to be made as to the 2009 venue. The bidding process began last year with a board made up of the PGA and the uropean Tour.

England (De Vere Slaley Hall), Scotland (several venues) and Wales (Celtic Manor), who have all made bids, have now been told that they must wait until the end of September, for an announcement to be made. It is likely that this will coincide with Ryder Cup week.

The original plan had been that an announcement would be made early in 2001. It is quite likely that a decision has been postponed due to the Scottish contingent who currently have several candidate venues and need to make a final choice.

Scotland has not hosted a Ryder Cup since Muirfield in 1973 and Wales has never hosted one, but England has hosted the event fourteen times. The Welsh bid is considered a strong one, but many golf celebrities seem to openly support a Scottish venue.

All the contingents are no doubt waiting with baited breath for the outcome. There is much speculation as to whether Scotland has this in the bag already, despite having nominated several venues and that England has already had a fair crack of the whip. We shall have to see. Whatever the decision may be, the 2009 Ryder Cup will certainly be played at a fantastic venue.

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