La France Élue! France Will Host the 2018 Ryder Cup

Back in November I wrote about The World Amateur Team Championship where French amateur champion Alexander Levy's 50 foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Buenos Aires Golf Club helped Team France earn their first Eisenhower Trophy in spectacular fashion.

Mr. Levy, his talented teammate Romain Wattel and 2009 World Amateur Champion Victor Dubuisson... along with awesome Alexandre Kalek, a winner on the Challenge Tour... represent "Generation 2018" and realistic hopes that there will be French players on the 2018 European Ryder Cup team.   Now that France has won the bid, and Golf National has been confirmed as the 2018 venue these players... and other young French golfers... will have additional motivation to excel.

The first professional golf tournament I ever attended... back in 2006... was the Alstom Open de France and I remember being impressed with the links style bunkers and wide fairways at Golf National.

I Also remember the the island green on the par five 18th... it made for an exciting tournament back then as it undoubtedly will in 2018.

Beyond the course there's the culturall appeal of the French capitol, as a cultural mecca offering extraordinary shopping, gourmet dining and gorgeous public gardens.

Paris, it turnes out  is the most popular travel destination in Europe and while the competing bidders may be somewhat disappointed now,  I tend to think they'll be quite happy with it once the time comes.