Germany’s bid for the 2022 Ryder Cup has cleared a significant hurdle after German Golf Association (DGV) members voted in favour of providing financial support to the effort.
The funding package approved by 68.6 per cent of DGV golf clubs and courses will provide a sum of €18m ($19.8m). This will be accrued through a levy of €3 per year imposed on the membership of each DGV golfer across a 10-year period spanning 2016 to 2025.
“This clear vote of the DGV members was an important and ground-breaking decision,” DGV vice-president Norbert Löhlein said. “It forms a strong foundation for our German Ryder Cup application and is a clear signal that the German golf community is behind us.”
DGV head of sport, Marcus Neumann, added: “Although we could also ask (German billionaire) Dietmar Hopp, the chances of success and the feeling it would give would not be as good. We are therefore distinguished from the competition because the German golfing community, unlike the competition, makes its own financial contribution.”
Ryder Cup Deutschland (RCD) last month selected the Faldo Course at A-Rosa Resort and Sporting Club in the Bad Saarow municipality of Brandenburg as its proposed venue for the 2022 edition of the golf tournament.
Germany also bid for the 2018 Ryder Cup, only to miss out to Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris, and is facing stiff competition for 2022. Turkey in March dropped its pitch for the 2022 Ryder Cup, leaving Germany in contention alongside Austria, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
RCD is set to finalise its application and submit it to Ryder Cup Europe by the April 30 deadline. A decision on the host is expected in the autumn.
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