Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Story Image Brendan Murphy (left), Group Chief Executive of Allianz Ireland, with Ryder Cup player Paul McGinley, at the announcement of Allianz as the sixth and final Ryder Cup Partner.

Partners Finalised for 2006 Ryder Cup

Allianz, Ireland 2006, KPMG, Lucent Technologies, O2 and Rolex have joined together to form a powerful partnership for The 36th Ryder Cup at The K Club.

10 March 2006

Ryder Cup Europe LLP is delighted to announce the six Partners for The 2006 Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States at The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland from September 22-24.

Allianz , Ireland 2006, KPMG, Lucent Technologies, O2 and Rolex have joined together to form a powerful partnership for The 36th Ryder Cup.

Allianz has confirmed its place as the sixth and final Partner in this new structure which also includes, as Official Sponsors of The 36th Ryder Cup, AIB, Ballygowan, BMW, Bord Bia, Budweiser, Byrom, Club Car, Pfizer, Unisys and Waterford. The Preferred Suppliers to the event are DHL, Marques de Riscal, Moit & Chandon, Philips, Stena Line and Toro.

The commercial strategy for The 2006 Ryder Cup has been designed to involve and integrate its Partners into this world class event. Ryder Cup Europe LLP has actively sought to secure partnerships with world class brands and companies to further enhance the image and the status of The Ryder Cup.

Richard Hills, The Ryder Cup Director, said: "We are delighted that Allianz has confirmed its place in a partnership programme which unites multi-national companies with the common objective of enhancing the reputation of The Ryder Cup and further popularising the game throughout the world.

"The six Partners we have confirmed for Ireland form the top tier of this programme. They will, of course, contribute to the financial success of The Ryder Cup but, more importantly, they share our respect for the traditions of the game. It will be our role to ensure that this support is translated into global appreciation of the sport and the match."

Commenting on the announcement, Brendan Murphy, Group Chief Executive of Allianz Ireland said: "As Official Insurer, Allianz is deeply committed to the event and we are delighted that our expertise is helping to make this event a reality. Our move to becoming a Partner has involved the global Allianz network coming together to support this great event here in Ireland and the position of "Partner" more accurately reflects our approach to our business and customer dealings."

"We are particularly delighted with the support we have received from our colleagues at Allianz Life in the USA as it mirrors the unique nature of the Ryder Cup competition and their close involvement will add considerably to our enjoyment of the event."

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