Turkey Plan Ryder Cup Bid
Turkey is set to launch a bid to host the next available Ryder Cup competition in 2022 following the great success of last week’s Turkish Airlines Open, it has been revealed.
Turkey is fast becoming an emerging golfing destination, and the country is also in contention to take over from Dubai as the venue for the European Tour’s season-ending event in 2016. President of the Turkish Golf Federation Ahmet Agaoglu views that as the stepping stone to staging the Ryder Cup in the future.
"We are candidates for the Race to Turkey in 2016 and what comes after that? The Ryder Cup," he explained to a number of newspapers. "We have the idea to host the Ryder Cup in 2022. We will bid for that. Either in Istanbul or Antalya."
The European Tour is expected to invite formal bids after next year’s match is held at Gleneagles. When asked about the possibility of Turkey lodging a bid and the country’s chances of success, chief executive George O’Grady said: "Turkey would have as good a chance as anywhere.
"We have been staggered by the success of this tournament. This is a country where anything is possible."
Should Turkey get the green-light it would seem to include the possibility of building a brand new golf course if necessary, with the Antalya region that hosted last week’s event actually being in Asia rather than Europe.
"Turkey is in Europe," Agaoglu continued, "but if we need to, we can build a course on the European side of Istanbul."
The first golf course outside of the British Isles to host the Ryder Cup was Valderrama in Spain back in 1997. The biennial contest will be staged in Paris in 2018.