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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 7.11.18 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2018. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily, Liam Kelly Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team T he European Tour has re- assured the 2022 Ryder Cup will be staged in Rome and with discussions already well in place to possibly hold the open- ing ceremony in the Colosseum. There has been some doubt since late 2015 when Rome was awarded the Ryder Cup that the staging of the biennial event could be undermined by Italian economic turmoil and also in the absence of a start to renovation work on the host Marco Simone course north of Rome. So much so, the Adare Manor course in Ireland has been moot- ed as moving forward from an expected 2026 hosting of the Ryder Cup to fill the 2022 void should Italy default. European Tour CEO, Keith Pelley dispelled this suggestion when confirming work is well un- derway in redesigning the Marco Simone course and also the stag- ing of a European Tour event on the course ahead of the 2022 Ryder Cup. "I've said all along the Ryder Cup in 2022 is going to Italy," said Pelley. "There has never, ever been any doubt over the Italian Gov- ernment's support of the 2022 Ryder Cup. That has simply been speculation. We have constant meetings with the Government and whether or not the Govern- ment changes the Ryder Cup will go ahead in Rome in 2022. "The fact that the Government has funded the redesign of Mar- co Simone, which is the contract, has happened with the money being transferred so construction is well underway. "I don't perceive any problems at all and we are just proceeding. Our only concern with Italy was getting the golf course started and we want to have at least one Italian Open at Marco Simone before the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup has become the third biggest sporting event behind the Olympic Games and World Cup as 270,000 specta- tors from 90 countries attended the 2018 Ryder Cup in Versailles. We still await final confirmation of Adare Manor 2026. Tour Chief Pelley dispels any concerns in staging of 2022 Rome Ryder Cup. RYDER CUP CLARITY The Colosseum

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