A competitor for the Ryder 2031 is going up

The Spanish proposal to host the 2031 Ryder Cup does not lie solely in the option of Camiral Golf & Wellness in Caldes de Malavella (Girona), the former PGA of Catalonia

by Andrea Gussoni
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A competitor for the Ryder 2031 is going up
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The Spanish proposal to host the 2031 Ryder Cup does not lie solely in the option of Camiral Golf & Wellness in Caldes de Malavella (Girona), the former PGA of Catalonia. Recently the European Tour has also visited the Bilbao option, a candidacy that is very interesting due to the figure of Jon Rahm.

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Promoted by the Bilbao Provincial Council, the Biscayan proposal focuses on Meaztegi, a course on the other side of the estuary, which would need to be expanded by 40 hectares for all the extra infrastructure - shops, pavilions, mammoth stands on the tee of hole 1- to host the confrontation between Europe and the United States.

The experience of starting the last Tour de France in which they invested 12 million euros and then achieving a return of more than 100 has made those responsible in Bilbao think big, who know that they would need an investment of 72 million, between fees and investment.

in the field, to be able to host an event that has a return of more than 500 million. However, the option of Girona, an old dream since Carles Puigdemont was mayor of the provincial capital, is currently ahead. The bet of the Irish millionaire Denis O'Brien, owner of the resort, for a third course did not find the support of the Generalitat of Catalonia at first, but, adapting to what he had, two 18-hole courses, has created a mixed possibility between both -14 from one and 4 from the other- in which all the requirements requested by the European Tour fit.

The field study that was carried out after the Spanish Open a month ago has pleased the headquarters. Furthermore, the superb result obtained in the Ryder Cup in Rome means that the European Tour welcomes the Ryder landing in clubs that have a single owner - not a social mass - because in the event of any inconvenience they know that it will not hesitate to inject all the money needed to make the most important week in golf every two years a success.

Between the 2031 event in which Spain is the favorite and the recent Italian one, there will still be three more contests between the two continents. In 2025 it will be held in Bethpage, Long Island, just outside New York; In 2027 the Centennial edition will be celebrated in the Irish countryside of Adare Manor and in 2029 it will be celebrated in Hazeltine (Chaska, Minnesota).

The one in 2033, on American soil, is also awarded to the Olympic Club of Los Angeles. In addition to the Spanish options, the one from Bolton, in England, supported by Tommy Fleetwood, and the also English one from Luton Hoo have also emerged, without official status.

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