Golf bodies in talks over senior Ryder Cup

The PGA of America and European Tour organisations are in talks about staging a senior version of the Ryder Cup, the biennial tournament between golfers from the US and Europe.

Golf Week magazine said that a sponsor had been lined up for the proposed over-50s match play tournament, with US network NBC, the rights-holder for the Ryder Cup, set to show the senior version of the event. Discussions have taken place for some time, and with negotiations set to continue at the Open championship near Liverpool this week, an official announcement could be made in early August.

Key differences with the Ryder Cup will be the number of players in each team – 10 rather than 12 – and the number of points available – 20 rather than 28, with five team matches taking place on the Friday and Saturday and 10 singles matches on the Sunday. The tournament would be slotted into the week of the FedEx Cup playoffs off-week between the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championship.

“We are analysing the possibility of hosting a senior Ryder Cup, but there are a lot of moving parts to evaluate,” PGA of America president Ted Bishop (pictured) told UK newspaper the Daily Mail.

George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, also confirmed discussions were progressing between the stakeholders. Reports suggest the event could launch in 2015.