to host 2016 Ryder Cup
Hazeltine National Golf Club, the site
of Tony Jacklin's dramatic U.S. Open win and one of Payne Stewart's two Open victories,
on Tuesday was named host for the 2016 Ryder Cup.
Hazeltine will host two
PGA Championships -- this year and in 2009 -- before staging the international
event between the United States and Europe for the first time.
by Robert Trent Jones in 1962 and remodeled by Rees Jones in 1987, Hazeltine has
hosted two U.S. Opens, a U.S. Senior Open and a pair of U.S. Women's Opens. It
also will be the site for the 2006 U.S. Amateur.
In 1970, Jacklin became
the first British-born golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open. The late Stewart
claimed the same crown at the course in 1991.
"Hazeltine National Golf
Club is excited about bringing the Ryder Cup Matches, one of the great events
in sports, to Minnesota," club president Mark Josefson said. "This fulfills
our mission and continues a proud tradition of significant championships at Hazeltine
National Golf Club."
Originated in 1927, the Ryder Cup used to be held
in odd-numbered years but was postponed in 2001 because of the September 11 terrorist
The United States will defend its title from September 27-29 at
The Belfry in England. The event will move to Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan in 2004.
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