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Ryder Cup 2022 – Spain’s Bid in Numbers

Story published at 13:12, Tuesday, August 25th, 2015


Spain's Ryder Cup Bid In Numbers

As the race to select the host for The 2022 Ryder Cup enters the final stages, Spain has outlined its credentials to host golf’s biggest event:

  • €1.2 billion – the value of golf to the Spanish economy every year
  • 500 million – the TV audience The Ryder Cup reaches globally
  • 183 – countries in which The Ryder Cup is broadcast
  • 250,000 – spectators expected to attend The 2022 Ryder Cup over six days
  • 1,000,000 – children projected to be introduced to golf through Spain’s ‘Ryder Cup Plus’ junior inclusion programme
  • 1 – Spain’s proposed venue, PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, voted Europe’s Best Golf Resort 2015 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators
  • 6,705m – length of PGA Catalunya Resort’s critically-acclaimed Stadium course, one of the longest in Europe
  • 70,000 – number of spectators Spain’s Ryder Cup transport solution can move at the start and end of each day
  • 25,000 – car parking spaces, all within a 10 minutes’ drive of PGA Catalunya Resort
  • 300km/h – top speed of the AVE trains that connect Girona and Barcelona
  • 107,937 – hotel rooms within 150km of Spain’s candidate venue
  • 184 – number of European Tour events staged in Spain since 1972 (91 more than any other mainland Europe country)
  • 1912 – year of the first Open de España; still going strong after 103 years
  • 36 – appearances by Spanish golfers in The Ryder Cup team since 1979
  • 8 – times Seve Ballesteros contested The Ryder Cup as a player
  • 2 – Ryder Cup Winning captains from Spain: Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal

Commenting on Spain’s candidacy for The 2022 Match, Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG), said: “Our bid is centred on three concepts – History, Certainty and Passion. No other country in mainland Europe has contributed more to European and Ryder Cup golf, and our proposed venue is one of the finest and best linked in Europe. Furthermore, our bid sponsors share a unified passion to bring this, one of the world’s biggest sporting events, to Catalunya in 2022.”

Ryder Cup Europe, alongside a panel of independent experts, is currently analysing the four bids. An announcement of the successful host country and venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup expected this autumn.

Find out more about our bid: www.costabravabarcelona2022.com

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