There are a lot of disappointed Spaniards right now. Spain was the sentimental favorite to win the 2018 Ryder Cup bid with the recent death of golf legend Seve Ballesteros.
That sentiment wasn’t quite enough to win the bid for Madrid though. Here’s an official quote from Madrid’s President of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG) Gonzaga Escuariaza:
“Madrid would have been a fantastic venue for the Ryder Cup in 2018, but unfortunately our dream has not come true. I honestly believe we could not have produced a better bid, and I have been extremely proud to be a part of it. I hope that Spain will one day be given the opportunity to host the Ryder Cup again. Congratulations to France on their victory, I’m sure they will do a fantastic job.”
Following the announcement, unofficially and off the record the French were heard saying the following quotes to the other countries it was competing against for the bid (Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain):
“Your mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberries.”
The venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup is Le Golf National, a “stadium course” on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, France.
Sounds like I need to find some way of getting on the Ryder Cup team. I love Paris and France in general. Want to go back now!