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Portugal out, 4 countries remain for 2022 Ryder Cup

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Portugal has withdrawn from consideration for the 2022 Ryder Cup, leaving four European countries in the running to host the biennial matches.

According to an AP report, the president of the Portuguese Golf Federation said his country was dropping out of the race because "the prevailing economic environment would prevent us from developing as strong a bid as we would wish."

The decision leaves Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria still in the mix as potential host countries. Of that group, only Spain has hosted a Ryder Cup before: a European victory in 1997 at Valderrama. Formal bids must be submitted by April 30, with the announcement of a host country and venue expected this fall.

The 2022 event is the only one without a host site for the forseeable future. The 2018 matches will be held at Le Golf National in France, while U.S. hosting duties have already been assigned to Hazeltine National (2016), Whistling Straits (2020) and Bethpage Black (2024).