Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
George O'Grady, Executive Director of The European Tour, and Michael Kirsch, Head of Public Relations, BMW Group, announce that BMW is to become the Official Car to The 2006 Ryder Cup during a press conference at the 2005 BMW International Open.

BMW in Driving Seat for The 2006 Ryder Cup

BMW has been announced as the Official Car to The 2006 Ryder Cup, providing a fleet of 40 courtesy cars for the use of players and officials during the match at The K Club.

22 August 2005

BMW is pleased to announce that it will become the Official Car to The 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland, from September 22-24, 2006.

The agreement with Ryder Cup Europe LLP signifies BMW's continuing global commitment to the game of golf emphasised by their Partnership with The European Tour in the highly successful BMW Championship at Wentworth Club in May and title sponsorship of the BMW Asian Open and the BMW International Open.

BMW, who also this year became Official Car to The European Tour, have brought their expertise and special organisational skills to golf since the first BMW International Open in 1989.

The announcement was made today, at a time when 2004 Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer, 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam, Thomas Bj?rn, Angel Cabrera, Paul Casey, K.J. Choi, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jim?nez, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter and many more of the world's leading golfers were competing at the prestigious 17th BMW International Open.

Torsten M?ller-?tv?s, Director BMW Central Marketing and Brand Management, said: "BMW has a long history of supporting European golf at all levels. To be named the Official Car of The Ryder Cup, the most prestigious golf competition worldwide, is an excellent extension of BMW's continuous golfsport engagement. We are proud that 24 of the best players of the world will be driven in our premium cars in 2006. This is a further significant milestone in our successful partnership with The European Tour and Ryder Cup Europe LLP."

George O'Grady, Executive Director of The European Tour, said: "The European Tour and The Ryder Cup Board are delighted to welcome BMW as Official Car to The Ryder Cup 2006. This represents a superb addition to the outstanding commitment already shown by BMW as The European Tour's strongest global commercial partner.

"They join a very special team of Ryder Cup Partners and Official Suppliers all dedicated to ensuring The 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in Ireland will be a unique sporting occasion and a total success."

Under the terms of The Ryder Cup agreement, BMW will provide a fleet of 40 courtesy cars for the use of players and officials during The Ryder Cup. BMW will also supply an agreed number of BMW X5 Event Support Vehicles to be used by staging staff and as Evacuation Vehicles in the event of inclement weather.

"We are delighted to be the Official Car of The 2006 Ryder Cup and look forward to becoming involved in what is undoubtedly the most prestigious team event in golf," said Jim O'Donnell, Managing Director of BMW (UK) Ltd.

BMW's association with professional golf began in 1989 when they hosted the first BMW International Open, won by Irish Ryder Cup player, David Feherty at the Golfclub M?nchen Nord-Eichenried. Today, the German car manufacturer is also Partner and Title Sponsor of the BMW Championship - the PGA Championship - widely regarded as the flagship event on The European Tour, the BMW Asian Open, held for the last two years at the acclaimed Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in Shanghai, and the BMW Italian Ladies Open, a leading event on the Ladies' European Tour.

BMW is also the Official Car of The European Tour and is strongly committed to grass roots golf through its development of the prestigious BMW Golf Cup International, which was established in 1987 and has since grown into the largest and most successful amateur event in the world, last year attracting over 100,000 entries from over 40 different countries.

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