Golf’s Ryder Cup gladiators will do battle in Rome in 2022 after the ‘Eternal City’ was awarded the hosting rights for the popular biennial duel between Europe and the United States.
The Italian capital beat bids from Austria, Germany and Spain and will become only third country on mainland Europe to host golf’s greatest team event.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: “Well, I think the venue is going to be terrific. We are obviously going to rebuild the golf course completely with both the Italian federation, the golf course and ourselves (the European Tour) so that’s exciting. You take a look at the magestic, iconic city that Rome is and it only being ten miles away, (this) provides for wonderful theatre for the Ryder Cup.
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Spain is the only other country outside of Great Britain to host the European side of the event to date.
France will stage the three-day contest at the Le Golf National near Paris in 2018.
Before France though, the two 12-man teams will head to the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota for the 41st edition next year, when Europe, captained by Darren Clarke, will defend their title.
Clarke has a very strong record in the biennial team event, having been victorious in six out seven previous appearances as a player or vice-captain.
The last time team USA won the Ryder Cup was in 2008 on home fairways at the Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky.