Italy, team play brought Ryder Cup success

The "teamwork that led to the success of the Ryder Cup is an element to be used to plan for the future"

by Andrea Gussoni
Italy, team play brought Ryder Cup success
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The "teamwork that led to the success of the Ryder Cup is an element to be used to plan for the future". This was said by the Minister of Sport, Andrea Abodi, speaking about the recent edition of the international golf tournament in Rome, in video connection with Turin, at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, which hosted a meeting entitled "Golf, the clubs, the territory - the success of Ryder for the development of golf in Italy".

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The Ryder Cuo edition - it was underlined - with 271,000 spectators present, 620 million television viewers, 75,000 hotel rooms booked in Rome alone - produced economic benefits of between 400 million and one billion euros.

A result that exceeded expectations, as in the case of the Nitto ATP Tennis Finals in Turin, underlined, in attendance, by the president of the Fig (Italian golf federation), Franco Chimenti, and, with a live video intervention by the president of Coni , Giovanni Malagç "Golf is the most popular sport in the world together with football - said Chimenti - but we must, we can, make it become even more popular.

With the Ryder Cup we have undermined the boundaries of golf, now it's a question of continuing on this road. Currently, 100,00 players are registered with the Fig, 20% in Piedmont, the second region in Italy in terms of numbers, after Lombardy.

The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America. From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw.

Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979. Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

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