Seven countries among bidders for 2022 Ryder Cup

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Ryder Cup Europe announced Friday that seven countries have a preliminary interest in hosting the 2022 Ryder Cup, the next matches for which a host site has yet to be determined.

The list of countries expressing an interest in hosting the event included Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Turkey, Germany and Austria. Of those countries, only Spain has previously hosted the Ryder Cup, when the matches were contested at Valderrama in 1997.

"We are absolutely delighted at the level of interest we have received from across Europe in respect of hosting the 2022 Ryder Cup," said Ryder Cup director Richard Hills as part of a statement. "The key criteria in place will enable us to evaluate each bid equally on both its sporting and commercial merits while, at the same time, allowing us to judge each bid fairly, thoroughly and on a level playing field.”

The next deadline in the process will be Feb. 16, 2015, by which point each prospective host site will need to submit a formal bid. The host venue for the 2022 matches is expected to be announced next fall.

With Gleneagles set to host the Ryder Cup later this month, the next time the matches will be held in Europe will be in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris, France. The next two U.S. host sites have already been determined, with Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn., hosting in 2016 and Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., staging the event in 2020.