France to host 2018 Ryder Cup

SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 4:11 AM ET

France has been selected as the host for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Le Golf National, on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, will be the site for the 42nd edition of the matches between the United States and Europe.

It will be just the second time that mainland Europe will stage the biennial event. Valderrama, in Spain, was the first in 1997.

Spain was again considered, while other bids came from Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands. In the wake of Seve Ballesteros' recent death, the sentimental choice would have been a return to Spain.

Ballesteros, the charismatic Spaniard who helped fuel the European resurgence in Ryder Cup play during the 1980s, was the captain of the Europe squad that won the Ryder Cup in his native country in 1997. He died on May 7 following a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

However, it was France that won the bidding process.

"We have one worthy gold medallist in France, who gave us the confidence to believe that they will stage a truly memorable Ryder Cup in seven years' time," said Richard Hills, Europe's Ryder Cup director. "However, there are four impressive silver medallists involved in this extremely detailed process in Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain, any of whom were also well positioned to host the 2018 event."

Le Golf National will host the French Open this summer for the 10th straight year and for the 19th time since its inception in 1991.

France has hosted 118 European Tour, 60 European Challenge Tour and 12 European Senior Tour events. French golfers to have played previously in the Ryder Cup are Jean Van de Velde in 1999 and Thomas Levet in 2004.

The next Ryder Cup will take place in 2012 at Medinah in Illinois, while the 2014 matches will be held in Scotland at Gleneagles. Hazeltine, in Minnesota, will be the site of the 2016 event.


Videos

Photos