France To Host 2018 Ryder Cup

France has been named as the host country for the Ryder Cup in 2018, beating off favourites Spain.

Le Golf National course, near Paris, was chosen ahead of other bids from Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.

It will be the first time France has hosted the biennial Europe versus United States match and only the second time to be played on mainland Europe.

The first was in 1997, when the late Seve Ballesteros captained Europe to a narrow victory at Valderrama in Spain.

There had been calls to award the event to Spain in honour of the five-time major winner, who was patron of the Madrid bid and died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer.

But the European Tour resisted the emotional pull to select a venue which has hosted 18 of the last 20 French Open tournaments for the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup, which continues to grow in popularity.


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