Turkey is no longer in the running to host the 2022 Ryder Cup after being told that it would need to cut down 15,000 trees at the host site.
The president of the Turkish Golf Federation said Wednesday that the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course, which this week is playing host to the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open, is a resort course that is ill-suited for the corporate and spectator demands of big-time events.
Instead, Turkey will focus on building a new, environmentally safe course in an attempt to win the 2026 Ryder Cup bid, a project that is expected to cost the country upwards of $50 million.
With Turkey withdrawing its bid, there are now six countries still vying for the ’22 Cup: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Italy. On Wednesday, Italy announced that it had nominated the Marco Simone club near Rome.
Officials will visit each country by the end of the year, with formal submissions due in mid-February. The 2022 host will be announced sometime next year.
The 2018 Ryder Cup – the next competition played in Europe – will be held at Le Golf National near Paris.