Curse of the Ryder Cup? The iconic venues overlooked on the golfing calendar

21/11/2019

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By Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
They point the biggest golf events in Europe, but what is the legacy for those classes that maintain the Ryder Cup? Why do they disappear from significance after being centre of the golfing world, soon?
All these are questions worth considering from the week which Le Golf National plays host to the French Open for the first time since the continents massive victory over the USA just over one year ago.
One thing is for certain, that functioning of the oldest national Open in continental Europe wont be as expansive as the French Opens that preceded the 2018 Ryder Cup.
The championship has been changed by a prime position in the schedule in the end of June and is currently worth only #1.4m compared using the #5.6m handbag that has been played for last year.
Make no mistake, there will be important golf on display. The scramble qualify for the Rush to store cards is intensifying.
Along with the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson add some stardust.
However, when Alex Noren won he beat a field that included defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, Spanish giants Jon Rahm along with Sergio Garcia, US celebrity Justin Thomas along with Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter.
This week Bjorn returns to the scene of the tumultuous success of his team among the playing attractions instead of chief strategist for an European triumph.
That 171/2-101/2 win generated lifelong scenes and memories to inspire future generations. The course – set to suit the home club – and also also the location near Paris and parts played in making an week for golfing.
Nonetheless, it feels like Le Golf National could follow many places that staged home matches into comparative obscurity. Courses that were once staples around the circuit have disappeared out of importance.
The Belfry hosted the Ryder Cup and whatever you think of the program, which does have its founders, the design in the English midlands turned into a portion of the fabric of golfing history.
But the Brabazon Course hasnt staged a Tour event . Celtic Manor in Wales disappeared from the schedule in 2014, four years.
The K Club, which hosted the 2006 game was the constant home of the European Open between 1995 and 2007. When the Open was maintained by it it then disappeared from the calendar apart from in 2016.
Gleneagles staged the 2018 European Team Championships and this years Solheim Cup before putting around the 2014 Ryder Cup but its own deal died the year.
Just Valderrama (1997 Ryder Cup) in southern Spain has turned into a regular stop for the continents top players in the aftermath of holding among the biennial jousts between Europe and the United States.
So the portents arent great particularly at a time when the French Opens value has diminished.
The French Federation signed a 12-year bargain that could have obtained them to 2022.
This crashed with the loss of prime sponsor Alstom, but the European Tour gained a more profitable deal with conglomerate HNA. The five-year agreement values 25m euros seemed to secure the events top-level standing.
But that deal fell through departing this tournament to warrant a location at the elite Rolex Series of the tour. So now it sits in this October date, somewhat detached in the limelight it commanded.
The change of date is okay, the biggest tournaments should have the best dates, Pascal Grizot, president of Frances 2018 Ryder Cup committee, confessed to LEquipe this past year.
Nevertheless, the official questioned the European Tour did not do more to support the tournament. Why did not they opt to aid the French Open and the federation as we were exceptionally loyal to the Ryder Cup? He asked.
The response comes down to cash, like with many former Ryder Cup places. There is cash generated to put these areas in the map once of staging golfs largest event, the aim has been satisfied, but it disappears.
It may prove a similar story to get Le Golf National. In accordance with the program of next year the French Open will return into summer, however there is no word on which path will stage the tournament nor the dimensions of its handbag.
Places resonate with golfing fans everywhere; K Club The Belfry, Celtic Manor, Gleneagles and now potentially Le Golf National are all not just places that have carved big regions in the games folklore.
They supply proof that business reality leaves little room for preserving and nurturing that golf history.

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