Ryder Cup Europe has opened an official bidding process for countries wishing to host the 2022 Ryder Cup golf tournament.
The launch comes after the same process was successfully used to determine the host of the 2018 event. The previous process drew bids from Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and eventual winner France, which was awarded hosting rights to the 2018 Ryder Cup in May 2011.
As with the 2018 process, all bids must be submitted through national golf federations, golfing unions or central government. Bidding is open to countries whose players are eligible for selection to the European Ryder Cup team and only one bid per country will be accepted.
Countries should advise Ryder Cup Europe of their intention to submit a bid by August 31, 2014, while finalised bid dossiers are required by February 16, 2015. An independent panel of experts and a management team working on behalf of Ryder Cup Europe will analyse each bid before announcing a host country and venue in autumn 2015.
Ryder Cup director Richard Hills said: “The implementation of a formal bidding process for the 2018 Ryder Cup marked a new era for Ryder Cup Europe. The introduction of a fair, transparent and objective methodology was one not only welcomed by all participating countries, but one which also befitted a sporting event of the stature of the Ryder Cup. We have carefully considered how we might improve this process further and as a result, the timetable to determine the 2022 host will be shorter and simpler whilst retaining the level playing field approach. The key criteria in place enables us to evaluate each bid equally on both its sporting and commercial merits while, at the same time, allowing us to judge each bid fairly and thoroughly.”
The next edition of the Ryder Cup will take place this year at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland from September 26-28.