It has been announced that the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup competition between Europe and the United States will be help in Italy at the Marco Simone course in Rome in 2022.
Europe has held the event outside of England on only five other occasions: Muirfield (1973) and Gleneagles (2014) in Scotland, Spain (1997), Republic of Ireland (2006) and Wales (2010).
For many commentators the choice is a slight surprise as Italy came out on top in a bidding process with also involved Austria, Germany and Spain in the bidding process.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: “History has shown time and again that the Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars. There is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf.
“We have exciting plans for the development of The European Tour and our international schedule for the benefit of all our players, and Italy shares this ambition. Their commitment to the Italian Open will provide an inspiring benchmark.”