Keith Pelley, chief executive of golf’s European Tour, has insisted that the 2018 Ryder Cup will take place in France as planned amid reports that some players would not feel safe playing in the country.
Next year’s Ryder Cup, which is contested by representative teams from the US and Europe, is due to take place at Le Golf National near Paris.
Recent reports have claimed that some US players are apprehensive about travelling to Paris following recent terrorist attacks in the French capital.
Scotland’s Gleneagles course had been suggested as a possible replacement for Le Golf National. Gleneagles hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup, which Europe won to claim its third successive title.
However, Pelley (pictured) has dismissed talk of next year’s tournament being relocated and is adamant the event will go ahead in France as planned. “To be honest, we chuckled at that story and it seemed every day that we chuckled a little louder because that’s not true,” Pelley told The Scotsman newspaper.
“We did not have any conversation internally. We’ve had no conversations with Gleneagles. We’ve had no conversations with the Scottish police. We’ve had no conversations with the Scottish government.”
Pelley added: “We didn’t even feel the need to respond because, quite frankly, it is nonsensical. It is just not going to happen. We are looking forward to being in France. We are well down the road in terms of planning and it is going to be exciting. Gleneagles hosted a terrific Ryder Cup but it is safe to say they won’t be hosting the Ryder Cup in 2018.”
The Ryder Cup takes place every two years, with Europe and the US hosting on alternate occasions. Last year’s event took place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, with the US ending Europe’s winning streak with a 17-11 victory.
Following the 2018 event in Paris, the Ryder Cup will travel to Whistling Straights, Wisconsin in 2020, before the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy plays host in 2022. The 2024 event will be held at Bethpage Black Course in New York.
Next year’s event will mark only the second time the Ryder Cup has been staged in mainland Europe, with the 1997 tournament having been hosted at the Valderrama Golf Club in Andalusia, Spain.