France named 2018 Ryder Cup venue
Le Golf National course, near Paris, was chosen ahead of other bids from Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.
It will be the first time France has hosted the biennial Europe versus United States match and only the second time to be played on mainland Europe.
What is the Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup has lorded golf tournaments worldwide for the past 80 years. It is one of the tournaments that dreams are made of, one of the rare major sporting events with the power to galvanise the medias, spectators and TV viewers the world over. Throughout its long history, the Ryder Cup has produced some of the finest episodes in the whole history of golf.
This tournament is held every 2 years alternately in the United States and in Europe. Dominated for many a year by the United States, since 1985 the cup has more often than not ended up in European hands (8 wins in 11 editions). The world's top players have played and continue to play the Ryder Cup: Severiano Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods... To date, 2 French players have been selected: Jean Van de Velde in 1997 and Thomas Levet (photo) in 2004.
The full programme stretches over one week but the actual event lasts 3 days, from Friday to Sunday. The matches are played between golfers selected from teams of 12. The first two days are reserved for doubles matches, played as foursomes and fourballs; the third day is for the singles. After 28 matches, the team with 14½ points and more is declared the winner.
Hosting the Ryder Cup, which features amongst the top 10 events with the greatest world media coverage, will enable France to write a new chapter in the history of French golf.
France’s special appeal
• France, the world's number one tourist destination
Each year, France welcomes 82 million visitors. Paris is the most popular city with tourists and welcomes some 15.6 million visitors. With its history, must-see landmarks, luxury industry and gastronomy, France has no shortage of resources or prestige. The country has an aura recognised and acknowledged by all.
• Top quality golfing facilities:
While France is a top-notch tourist destination, the country's golf courses are not to be outdone. 150 French golf courses are ranked amongst the top 1,000 European courses in the Peugeot Golf Guide.
Each French course reflects the diversity of the country's landscapes. Seaside courses, mountain and lowland courses, even environment-friendly courses. There are no two courses alike and many have inspired some of the greatest golf architects.
• The exceptional site of the Golf National:
There is no denying French expertise when it comes to organising prestigious golf tournaments, fine examples being the Evian Masters, the Vivendi Trophy and the Open de France Alstom.