Italy bids for 2022 Ryder Cup as Turkey withdraws its offer

It is being reported that Italy will bid to host the 2022 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone club just outside Rome. Turkey, meanwhile, has opted to withdraw its bid after learning it would need to cut down up to 15,000 trees.

Located in Guidonia, northeast of Rome, Marco Simone played host to the 1994 Italian Open – which was won by Eduardo Romero of Argentina.

Initially Turkey had nominated Montgomerie Maxx Royal course, the venue for this week’s Turkish Airlines Open, however Montgomerie was a resort course and not designed for major tournaments, according to Ahmet Agaoglu, President of the Turkish Golf Federation.

The venue was certainly a head-scratching choice as there are no grandstands at Montgomerie, nor is there room for them because of the amount of trees occupying the vicinity.

Ahmet Agaoglu also added that it would be impossible to get permission to cut down the required amount of trees to make is possible to host a Ryder Cup.

He did, however, say that Turkey will be bidding for the 2026 Ryder Cup by building a new golf course estimated to cost 30-40 million euros ($37-50 million), without any environmental concerns to contend with.

Turkey’s decision to pull out of the running left six countries interested in hosting the 2022 event: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Inspections by Ryder Cup officials will be carried out at all interested countries before the close of the year. Formal submissions must be made by mid-February, with the winning bid announced later in 2015.