Congratulations to Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, host of the 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome!
The Italian capital city of Rome will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022. The historic announcement will see golf’s greatest team event staged on the Continent of Europe for the third time.
The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, only 17km from the center of Rome, will follow in the footsteps of Club de Golf Valderrama in Spain (1997) and Le Golf National in France (2018) – when the 44th edition of the match between Europe and the United States is staged in the autumn of 2022.
The Italian bid was consistently strong across all the areas evaluated by the Bid Evaluation Committee and in particular in their pledge to undertake a complete reconstruction of the golf course at Marco Simone to the highest standards demanded by Ryder Cup Europe.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour – the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe – said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup. History has shown time and again that The Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars, and there is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf”.
Italy’s golf legacy so far
The awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup will continue Italy’s legacy in the contest which began when Costantino Rocca became the first Italian golfer to play in the match at The Belfry in England in 1993. The United States won on that occasion but Rocca tasted victory on his next two outings – at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995 and at Valderrama in 1997 where he famously beat Tiger Woods 4 and 2 in the final day singles.
Since then, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari have carried the Italian flag into the biennial contest, appearing together in Europe’s narrow victory at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 while Francesco was part of the triumphant European team two years later, his half point in the final singles match, again against Tiger Woods, putting the seal on the remarkable Miracle of Medinah. In the 2018 Ryder Cup, Europe defeated the U.S. team and Francesco Molinari became the first player ever to go 5-0-0. He famously paired with Tommy Fleetwood to win all four fourball and foursome matches. He also won his singles match against Phil Mickelson.
Since the inception of The European Tour in 1972, Italy has hosted 54 European Tour tournaments with nine Italian players having lifted a total of 20 European Tour titles between them, the most successful being Rocca with five. In addition Italy has played host to 82 European Challenge Tour events and eight tournaments on the European Senior Tour.
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