L-R: Florian Bruhns, CEO of RC Germany GMBH, Bernhard Langer and Erwin Langer, Committee Members of RC Germany GMBH, helped launch Germany's bid to host The 2018 Ryder Cup.
Germany launches bid for The 2018 Ryder Cup
Following the announcement of six countries' desire to host The 2018 Ryder Cup, Germany launched their bid during the BMW International Open.
Led by former European Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer, the delegation from RC Germany GMBH outlined their plans at a press conference at Golfclub München Eichenried.
Langer, a member of the RC Germany GMBH Committee alongside his brother Erwin and Florian Bruhns, the CEO of the Committee, outlined to the audience the fact that they have six venues currently in the running for the German nomination.
All six will make a presentation to the Committee on July 14 and 15 with the decision on which venue has been successful made some time after that.
Bernhard Langer stressed how important it was that Continental Europe was set to host The Ryder Cup for only the second time – following the 1997 contest at Club de Golf Valderrama – and while respecting the merits of the other nations involved – France, Holland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden – he outlined what he believed were the merits of his nation's bid.
"I think if we get The Ryder Cup here in 2018, then it will be down to the fact that we had a very strong bid and all of the people here at the table and many others, people from the German industry, the politicians that everybody really wants The Ryder Cup.
"I know that I can't get The Ryder Cup here by myself but I think every extra wheel on the wagon will make a difference.
"It's a long time, yes (since The Ryder Cup was in Continental Europe). We always talk about The European Tour, so I think it's high tide or high time that The Ryder Cup comes back to the Continent, because it is truly a European event and not a British or Great Britain event. Therefore, I think it's great that The Ryder Cup Committee has made the statement that they will definitely come to the Continent.
"(As to whether my Ryder Cup experience will help Germany’s bid), You know, it's not up to me to answer that, because it's really up to The Ryder Cup Committee and the people who make that decision.
They are going to look at all the bids. Whoever they feel has the strongest bid will get the venue, I believe.
"I believe if we can put as good a bid as the others or our strongest opponent, or at least I would like to think that we might get the nod because I've been involved in The Ryder Cup ten times as a player, once as a Captain; I've been one of the leading, dominant players for a number of years, and obviously I got a lot back from golf, but I've also given a lot to European golf.
"I think if we can come up with a similar bid as our strongest opponent, we would hopefully get the nod, like Seve got the nod a few years ago in Spain."
Closer to home, the public can still enter the ballot for tickets for The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales by clicking on www.rydercup.com/tickets or apply for Hospitality for the Match at www.rcts.co.uk/