France to host 2018 Ryder Cup

France has been awarded the Ryder Cup in 2018, beating off favourites Spain to secure hosting the prestigious tournament.

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.

“France’s bid was exceptional. They have a first-class tournament venue already built,” said European Tour chief executive George O’Grady.

“In these tough economic times we can see where we are going. We are leaving nothing to chance on building a new course.

“The plans for the new courses in Portugal and Spain are absolutely superb.

“Seven and a half years sounds a long time but developing new areas with all the hotels, offices and roads is a big ask in that time. That is why I think their time will come.

source: bbc