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Kingsbarns bids to be 2009 Ryder Cup venue
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 11 November 2000
Kingsbarns, the course located near St Andrews which has
won acclaim as the last great Scottish links, made an offer this week to host
the 2009 Ryder Cup should Scotland be selected as the venue for the match
between Europe and America.
A letter of intent from the course in Fife has been
received by the Professional Golfers Association, the body which next year will
decide both the country and course for 2009.
The letter expressed a wish to be considered as a possible
site for the most prestigious event in world golf.
After opening for play to the public in July, Kingsbarns
will make its debut on the European Tour next autumn when the course is due to
be one of three hosts for the £3.4 million Alfred Dunhill Links
Championship, along with the Old Course and Carnoustie.
Bearing in mind that golf has been played on the hallowed
ground of the Old Course for centuries, Fife can now lay claim to offering both
the most ancient as well as the newest places to play golf in Scotland as
possible Ryder Cup venues.
Although Gleneagles, Loch Lomond, Turnberry, Carnoustie and
St Andrews were the five official candidates mentioned in the Scottish
Executives official bid document last month, theres nothing to
prevent any other Scottish course arguing its case.
Far from the race being over, the number of runners and
riders in the chase to stage the 2009 match is, in fact, increasing.
Bearing in mind the interest expressed by Muirfield, which
last welcomed the Americans to Scotland in 1973, no fewer than five of the
seven interested Scottish parties for 2009 are seaside links.
Coming on top of Tiger Woods declaration that he
would like nothing better than the chance to play in a Ryder Cup on a links,
one source acknowledged: "If Scotland gets the match in 2009 then the chances
of the match being played on a links are now probably better than 50-50."
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