A Ryder Cup In Turkey?
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/12/13
Writers for several British news outlets, including the UK Daily Express, the UK Daily Mail, and the Independent have reported the increasingly strong possibility of the Ryder Cup being contested in Turkey in 2022.

Two financial and influential "heavy hitters" appear to be behind the effort: Turkish Golf Federation president Ahmet Agaoglu and Turkish Airlines chairman Hamdi Topcu. They spearheaded a government and private-sector partnership to make the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open (won last week in a surprise fashion by Frenchman Victor Dubuisson) a major deal on the 2013 European Tour. Both have commented that they would love to host the Ryder Cup — and seem willing to spend lost of money to do it. Says Agaoglu:
"We have the idea to host the Ryder Cup in 2022. But if anyone wants to skip it in 2018 [France] or 2014 [Scotland] we can take it. We will bid for the Ryder Cup, in Istanbul or Antalya.

"Turkey is in Europe. But if we need to, we can build a course on the European side of Istanbul. We are candidates for the Race to Antalya or Turkey in 2016. And what comes after that? The Ryder Cup."
Not only is European Tour CEO George O'Grady serious about the possibility, but one of the tour's biggest stars is on-board, as well. Ian Pulter told the Independent:
"They're prepared to do what it takes. Anything east of America that's prepared to put some extra money in right now is a big help for Europe, with some of the tournaments that have been lost."
While some have speculated on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal, site of the Turkish Airlines Open last week, as a potential site for a Ryder Cup, Neil Squires of the Daily Express opines that a better viewing course would be necessary to host a Ryder Cup. Squires makes an excellent point; one of the reasons that courses like Gleneagles, Hazeltine National, Valhalla, Bethpage Black, and Whistling Straits have hosted majors and/or will host the Ryder Cup is specifically because of the extra space necessary for grandstands, viewing areas, food service, and supporting infrastructure.

Do not think that Turkey's government officials and business leaders cannot get this done. If construction of a new course near Istanbul is necessary, the contest to select a course architect could be as interesting as that for the 2016 Olympic course in Rio — a contest won by American Gil Hanse. And if this happens, Agaoglu will certainly be smart enough to avoid the infuriating bureaucratic blunders that have repeatedly delayed construction of the Rio Olympic course.

Powerful, intelligent people with sufficient finances are the ones who get things done effectively and correctly. That is why this writer refuses to bet against the Turkish Golf Federation.


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[ comments ]
slimpks1850 says:
mmmm, turkey.
11/12/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
They hold one freakin' golf tournament in Turkey and now the talk is about moving the Ryder Cup there. Maybe there ought to be a Turkish golfer listed in the top ten of the Order of Merit before this talk starts? But then, the Ryder Cup has been evolving into a large money grab rather than a golf competition so maybe China and Dubai should toss their hat into the ring, too.
11/12/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
With all due respect, Brian, the 2018 Ryder Cup was awarded to France back in 2011. Back then, nobody knew if any Frenchmen would even play in the Ryder Cup - not even Victor Dubuisson, who won the Turkish Open this past weekend and is now 9th on the Order of Merit.

The fact that no Turkish golfers are even on the Euro Tour's Order of Merit certainly hasn't stopped the Tour from awarding an important event to Turkey. Likewise, the NHL put teams in Tampa and North Carolina without knowing when or if either team would win a Stanley Cup. Nevertheless, it happened, because the powers-that-be took a leap of faith — and were duly rewarded.
11/12/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Also, would someone please bring a mop and bucket over to @slimpks1850's computer desk? I think he's drooling...
11/12/13
 
slimpks1850 says:
sausage stuffing, squash, green beans, and........ MASHED POTATOES!

Oh sorry, can I scream mashed potatoes or does that get me kicked out?
11/12/13
 
joe jones says:
The first thing they need to do if they are to host the Ryder Cup is to destroy every cell phone and camera in Turkey. Then teach their viewing public some manners. I am sick and tired of caddies and officials begging people to stand still, asking them to not cast their shadow and the incessant clicking of cameras. I saw one jerk run right out is front of a player and try to grab his hat. Where the hell was security.
11/12/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Tor: Jean van de Veld and Thomas Levet both played on Ryder Cup teams prior to 2011 so there was some history to France's participation in the Ryder Cup. Frenchmen have regularly won on the Euro tour for the past two decades. Finally, stretching the definition of "Europe" to include Turkey is a bit generous. Yes, a tiny sliver of the country resides in what most would consider Europe but many of us would not consider the USA a part of Asia despite our presence on Guam.

Let's allow Turkey to develop a bit of golf legacy before the talk starts about playing the Ryder Cup there
11/12/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I thought the US was part of Europe becuase we can see Russia from Palins desk.
11/12/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@jasonfish: Exactly!!

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11/12/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I wonder how long it takes the average person to notice the missing piece of that map?
11/12/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
Average person being someone that Jay Leno would put on his "Jay Walking" piece. Yeah my bar for "average" is pretty low.
11/12/13
 
mmontisano says:
there's probably no Africa on that map because the comment was too racist.

and Turkey held that golf tourney last year where the pros were allowed to wear shorts.
11/13/13
 
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