remove_red_eye 20
favorite_border 0

Curse of the Ryder Cup? The iconic venues overlooked on the golfing calendar

Our partners and we use cookies to give you the best experience, such as to content and personalise advertising. Data on the advertisements and your interaction with this website could be shared with all firms involved in the delivery and/or personalisation of ads on this website and elsewhere online.
Please let us know if you agree.
By Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
What is the legacy, although they stage the golf events in Europe? Why is it that they disappear from relevance after being center of the golf world soon?
All these are questions worth considering which Le Golf National plays host to the French Open for the first time since the massive victory over the USA of the continent .
One thing is for sure, this autumnal running of their national Open in Europe will not be as grand.
The tournament has been changed from a prime place in the schedule in the end of June and its currently worth only #1.4m compared using the #5.6m purse that was played last year.
Make no mistake, there will be important golf on display. The scramble to store cards and qualify to Dubai finale for the Rush is intensifying.
Along with also the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson add some stardust.
However, when Alex Noren won 15 months he beat a field that included defending Spanish giants Jon Rahm champion Tommy Fleetwood along with Sergio Garcia, US celebrity Justin Thomas along with Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter.
Bjorn contributes as one of the most important playing attractions as opposed to main strategist for an victory.
This 171/2-101/2 win created scenes and memories to inspire future generations. The course – set up perfectly to suit the home club – and also the place near Paris and huge roles played in making for golf.
However, it feels as though venues that staged house games for Europe into obscurity may be followed by Le Golf National. Courses that were staples around the circuit have disappeared from significance.
The Belfry hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions between 1985 and 2002 and anything you think of the program, which will have its founders, that the design in the English midlands became a huge part of the cloth of European golfing history.
But a Tour event has not been staged by the Brabazon Course since the 2008 British Specialists. Celtic Manor in south Wales vanished from the schedule in 2014, four years.
The K Club, which hosted the 2006 match in County Kildare, had been the house of the European Open between 1995 and 2007. As it held the Open it then disappeared from the calendar other.
Gleneagles staged the 2018 Team Championships and this years Solheim Cup but its own deal expired the year before putting about the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Only Valderrama (1997 Ryder Cup) in southern Spain has turned into a routine stop for the continents leading players in the wake of holding among those biennial jousts between Europe and the United States.
Therefore the portents are bad at a time once the worth of the French Open has slightly diminished, especially for Le Golf National.
Originally the French Federation signed a deal that would have taken them through to 2022.
This crashed with the loss of prime host Alstom, however, for 2016 the European Tour landed a deal with Chinese conglomerate HNA. The agreement worth 25m euros seemed to secure the top-level standing of the event.
But this deal fell through leaving this historic tournament no longer able to warrant a spot at the tour Rolex Series. So it sits at this October date detached in the limelight it formerly commanded.
The change of date is acceptable, the largest tournaments ought to have the very best dates, Pascal Grizot, president of Frances 2018 Ryder Cup committee, admitted to LEquipe last calendar year.
But the official questioned why the European Union did not do more to encourage the tournament. Why didnt they decide to aid the French Open and the federation since we were exceptionally loyal for the Ryder Cup? He asked.
The easy answer comes down to cash, like with so many other Ryder Cup places. There is money generated to place these areas in the map after the goal of staging the biggest event of golf was satisfied, but it disappears.
It could prove a similar storyline to get Le Golf National. In accordance with the schedule of the next year that the French Open will move back to high summer, however there isnt any word on which course will stage the championship nor its own purses magnitude.
Places resonate with golf fans Gleneagles, K Club, Celtic Manor, The Belfry and potentially Le Golf National are not venues that have carved places from the folklore of the game.
They also provide proof that business reality leaves very little room for nurturing and preserving that golf history.

Read more here: