Ryder Cup to return to Ireland in 2026 after 20-year absence

Adare Manor golf course in County Limerick, Ireland, has been confirmed as the host venue of the 2026 Ryder Cup.

It will mark the first occasion that the transatlantic team golf contest has been held at Adare Manor, and only the second time that the Republic of Ireland has hosted the competition, after the K Club in County Kildare staged the 2006 edition. Adare Manor is owned by British horse racing icon and former part-owner of Manchester United, JP McManus.

According to the BBC, the Irish government will invest ‘tens of millions of euros’ into the staging of the event, with the expected economic benefit to the country running to more than €160m (£144m/$179m).

The deal was confirmed at an Irish government cabinet meeting in Donegal, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar playing a key role in negotiations. The deal also secured the future of the Irish Open until 2026, which will continue to be staged on a rotational basis between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“This is a tremendously proud day for everyone at the European Tour and everyone associated with the island of Ireland and Irish golf,” said Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, the managing partner in the joint venture which comprises Ryder Cup Europe. “When we started the discussions with both the Irish Government and Adare Manor on this entire project, they promised to deliver, and they have both done that today.”

The news caps a good week for Irish golf, following Irishman Shane Lowry’s victory at The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Sunday.