Madrid and the 2018 Ryder Cup

Madrid the Spanish bid for the 2018 Ryder Cup with the patronage of Severiano Ballesteros to host the best Ryder Cup ever. The Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG) with the support of the Region of Madrid and the National Sports Council has officially submitted its bid for the 2018 Ryder Cup. History of the Ryder Cup The Ryder Cup is regarded as one of the world's great sporting events, spanning eight decades and 34 competitions. The source of the original 'big idea' - to stage international matches between the best American and British professionals - is hotly debated amongst golf historians. After two unofficial matches during the early 1920s, the seed merchant, entrepreneur and golf enthusiast Samuel Ryder was persuaded by George Duncan and golf professional Abe Mitchell to provide a trophy as a focus for more regular matches. Ryder instantly commissioned the now legendary gold chalice that bears his name and Abe Mitchell's likeness. And so at Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts in 1927, the inaugural Ryder Cup matches were played, with the American team beating Great Britain 9 1/2 - 2 1/2. World War II saw the suspension of The Ryder Cup, with the US retaining the trophy from its 1937 victory. American dominance remained almost complete until 1979, when European professionals were invited to join the contest alongside Great Britain. The inclusion of this wider pool of available talent has made The Ryder Cup an even more exciting and exclusive event ever since. Spain & Madrid at the Heart of Europe As the capital city of the world’s third most popular tourist destination and Europe’s most popular destination for golf tourists, Madrid and Spain provides an exceptional destination for visitors. Spain´s passion for sport is clear. The Spanish Football and Basketball Teams, Fernando Alonso, Alberto Contador, Rafael Nadal, Pau Gasol, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sergio Garcia among many others prove the special relation between Spain and Sports. Spain and Madrid has an ideal climate for sport events, enjoying up 2,769 hours of sunshine per annum. Severiano Ballesteros and Spain´s contribution to the Ryder Cup The course of golfing history was irrevocably altered when Ballesteros threw his considerable gifts as a player and personality behind the 1983 Ryder Cup and helped change Europe’s destiny. Since then Spanish professional golfers have been the heart of European golf and of the Ryder Cup for many years.   Two years later, 21-year-old Jose Maria Olazabal joined the team and the fate of the US was, in effect, sealed. Seve and Jose Maria, affectionately known as the “Spanish Armada,” would go on to become the most successful pairing in Ryder Cup history, winning 11 of their 15 matches together, halving two and losing two.   But Spain’s commitment to the Ryder Cup went further still. In 1997 the Ryder Cup was held at Valderrama, the Augusta National of Spain, to huge acclaim. The announcement of the winning bid will be unveiled in April 2011.

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