UAE could host Ryder Cup, says Montgomerie

‘No reason at all’ why prized golf tournament couldn’t come to UAE, says Europe captain
UAE could host Ryder Cup, says Montgomerie
The UAE could be in line to host golf’s prized Ryder Cup tournament, Colin Montgomerie said
By Ben Jacobs
Tue 19 Apr 2011 09:54 AM

The
UAE could be in line to host golf’s prized Ryder Cup tournament, the captain of
Europe’s victorious 2010 team Colin Montgomerie said Monday.

“There
is no reason why a Ryder Cup couldn't and shouldn't be played here. Not at all,”
he said on the sidelines of the KPMG Golf Business Forum. “The UAE and Dubai
especially have been a fantastic supporter to us, and have been since 1988 when
I started my career.”

“We
classify the UAE as European; we definitely do,” he added. “I know it
is not geographically, but it is within our Tour. There is no reason, in the
years to come, why the Ryder Cup can't come here.”

Referring
to the 2010 event in Wales, which stretched to an unprecedented fourth day after
torrential rain disrupted play, Montgomerie said:

“When
you see the weather in Wales back in October, one thing is for sure, we wouldn't
need a Monday finish in Dubai.”

The
UAE already plays host to the Dubai World Championship, the climax of the European
Tour’s Race to Dubai, which boasts a record prize fund of $7.5m.

A
biennial event, the Ryder Cup is split between host courses in Europe and the
US and is widely seen as the industry’s premier tournament.

Barring
matches in Spain in 1997 and Ireland in 2006, all European Ryder Cup tournaments
have been held in the UK.

A
decision on the 2018 host nation is due on May 17, with bids in the running
from Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Holland and Sweden.

Montgomerie,
who has won 31 tournaments on the European Tour since turning professional in
1988, has given his backing to France – despite having designed Holland’s championship
course The Dutch.

“I
know I have designed the course in Holland for their bid, but the way the
French have supported the European Tour over the years is fantastic,” he said.

“We
have two major, mega European cities on Tour. One is London, one is Paris and I
really do feel France should be given the nod in 2018. I have put my name to
their bid and said openly I would love to see the Ryder Cup go to France.”

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