Ireland is to host golf’s most prestigious tournament, the Ryder Cup, in 2026.
A deal between the European Tour and the Irish Government was completed just over a week ago and Adare Manor is expected to be named as the host venue later today.
News of the decision to let the newly revamped course host one of the biggest events in world sport bookends what has been a glorious week for Irish golf following Shane Lowry’s incredible victory at the 148th Open in Portrush.
According to the Independent.ie talks have been ongoing since September 2018 when senior figures from the European Tour made the approach and tried to weigh up the level of interest in hosting the four-day event involving two teams made up of golfers from Europe and the United States.
The JP McManus owned Adare Manor was chosen as the most suitable venue and it is understood that the bid to let the Limerick venue host was sealed off the back of the Irish Open in Lahinch earlier this month.
McManus will be responsible for any spending needed to get the course ready in time while news of Adare Manor hosting is sure to ramp up considerable interest in the JP McManus Pro-Am which is set to take place next July.
The successful horseracing tycoon previously spoke of wanting to bring the tournament to Limerick.
“It is every golf course owner’s hope to get the Ryder Cup,” he said.
“I am sure it will cost plenty, but I would like to bring it to Ireland, to Limerick and to Adare and give the whole south-west a boost.”
The Ryder Cup has been staged in Ireland just once before when The K Club played host to the prestigious tournament, an event remembered for the performance of Irish man Darren Clarke who played a pivotal role in Europe’s win just six weeks after the death of his wife, Heather.