Italy’s bid to host golf’s Ryder Cup in 2022 has been boosted with the news that the country’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has offered the government’s full support for the project.
Italy has never hosted the showpiece event, which takes place every two years and pits Europe’s best golfers against those from the USA.
The positive impact staging the tournament would have on the Italian economy is one of the reasons given for Renzi’s backing of the candidacy from Rome.
Franco Chimenti, president of the Italian Golf Federation (FIG), said: “We have received the full backing from the Italian State which strengthens our bid significantly. Mr Renzi’s support is such an important asset to our bid to host one of the great sporting events to be held in Rome.”
The Italian capital of Rome is also bidding to host the Olympic Games in 2024, as the country looks to further establish itself on the global sporting scene.
Giovanni Malagò, president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), added: “The government have been fantastic in their support for this bid throughout the process and, alongside our 2024 Olympic bid, we are looking to build a strong foundation for Italy on the global sporting calendar.”
Italy faces competition from Germany, Spain and Austria to host the Ryder Cup in seven years’ time.
The biennial event alternates its host country between the United States and Europe. Next year’s competition will take place at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, where Europe will aim to win the tournament for the fourth consecutive time.