Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup News
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/24/13

Ryder Cup: One Year To Go

The 40th Ryder Cup Matches will be held one year from this week. And the PGA of America and the European Tour want everyone in the world to remember this. As a result, they gathered the two team captains, Paul McGinley (Europe) and Tom Watson (United States) at Gleneagles in Scotland this week for a press conference.

Among the topics discussed were the layout and course conditions; McGinley gave a helpful explanation:
"There's no doubt with the addition of the SubAir system, the greens have quantifiably improved, and now with the drainage in the fairways as well, too, I really think there should be think... touch wood, there should be no issues regarding waterlogging of the golf course next year. I think we have things in place like the SubAir and the drainage, and that should take care of that.

"So I think the golf course will be turned out impeccably and the feedback from the players is very strong. Everybody is looking forward to it."
Press conference video, transcript

Solheim Cup Goes To The Heartland

On Monday, the LPGA announced that the 2017 Solheim Cup matches will be played at Des Moines Golf & Country Club. If Iowa sounds like an out-of-the-way place for one of golf's major events, then you probably don't know the back-story.

In 1998, the USGA struggled to get even 10,000 tickets sold for the U.S. Senior Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. For the second-largest media market in the country, that was pretty pathetic.

But the 1999 Senior Open was held at Des Moines Golf & Country Club — and it was such an overwhelming success that 25,000 tickets sold just for the practice rounds. Over 50,000 were on-hand on Saturday and Sunday, with a total attendance of over 250,000. As a result, the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) began holding a tournament in Des Moines in 2001; the Principal Charity Classic remains very well-attended and popular.

That fact is not lost on LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan:
"The support that the Des Moines community has shown for golf events in the area has been tremendous. Based on the incredible welcome that we've already seen from the city, state, and local organizers, I have no doubt that the 2017 Solheim Cup is already on track to be the best event we've ever staged.

"From the very first time we met the Des Moines Golf and Country Club leaders, we realized that we were able to think big, rally the support of the community, and facilitate corporate and fan experiences that will take The Solheim Cup to a new level."
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