The 2018 Ryder Cup: Countdown to the Decision
In a matter of hours, at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, the 2018 Ryder Cup venue will be revealed. Wentworth is where the idea behind the popular biennial golf competition between the US and Europe was born. Tomorrow at 7:00am ET to be exact (11:55 BST/12:55 CET), the announcement will be made and streamed live on europeantour.com and rydercup.com
Golfers... and golf fans... in France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain are undoubtedly waiting with baited breath (whatever that means), as the outcome will have a significant impact on the development of golf in the selected country. Government and private support for the building of a world class golf infrastructure and the growth and development of the sport are essential elements of the bid criteria.
This is the first time a Ryder Cup venue has been decided this way...with several countries vying for the honor in a bidding process... and the road leading up to tomorrow's announcement has been long. Each of the bids has pros and cons, some of them strictly practical and others more visceral. For a better idea of what's included in each, have a look at the individual websites as follow: (in alphabetical order) France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain.
With so much at stake, reaction to tomorrow's announcement will surely be emotional. You can follow it on Twitter with hashtag #2018RyderCup. See you there.