(SURREY, England) May 17, 2011 — France will host the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018, Ryder Cup Europe announced.
Golf's greatest team event returns to mainland of Europe for the first time in 21 years. The announcement was made by Ryder Cup Europe at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England.
Le Golf National on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, the well-established home of the Alstom Open de France, will become only the second continental venue – following Club de Golf, Valderrama, Spain, in 1997.
The 2018 event will be the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States.
Five nations – France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain – had participated in the bid process – the first conducted by Ryder Cup Europe – to identify the country best qualified to follow Medinah (Ill.) Country Club in 2012; Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2014; and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., in 2016.
The Ryder Cup, which pits the best of the United States against the best of Europe, is played in even-numbered years. The President's Cup, played in odd-numbered years, pits the best U.S. professionals against the best non-European international players.
The 2011 President's Cup will be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia in late November.
— Dan Vukelich