England’s hopes of staging the Ryder Cup for the first time in almost 30 years have been dealt a blow with news that Spain is close to winning the rights for the 2031 contest.
The Telegraph’s James Corrigan is reporting that the PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, is the front-runner for what will be the 48th edition of the biennial clash.
If successful, it will mark the Ryder Cup’s second visit to Spain, following the 1997 match at Valderrama.
It would also be a bitter blow to those behind long-running plans to bring the match back to England. The Ryder Cup hasn’t been played in the country since 2002, when The Belfry saw Sam Torrance’s Europeans win a thrilling clash with a United States led by Curtis Strange.
Indeed, England had long been touted as the favourite to get the nod, with three venues – the London Club and as yet unbuilt courses in Luton and Bolton – all having expressed an interest in playing host.
According to the Telegraph report, the DP World Tour, which has responsibility for the Ryder Cup on this side of the Atlantic, has quietly streamlined its Ryder Cup host venue selection procedure in recent years.