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St Andrews May Abandon Ryder Cup Bid

The home of golf is expected to confirm today that it is abandoning it's bid to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup. An interesting development considering the Ryder Cup Committee's instruction to the Scottish office that they must shorten their candidate list. Other UK regions have only proposed one venue; Wales - Celtic Manor, Nothern England - Slaley Hall.

Although the Old Course has always been a popular venue for the Open Championship, it was widely known that this was not the case when considering a Ryder Cup venue. Whether St. Andrew's therefore decided to "jump rather than be pushed" is open to speculation.

The remaining four courses are currently Gleneagles, Carnoustie, Loch Lomond and Turnberry. Scotland have until the Masters in April to come up with a preferred candidate.

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