Just days after successfully hosting the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Ireland is set to get another big event on the golfing calendar with news that the 2026 Ryder Cup will be heading to the Emerald Isle.
The first Open Championship to be staged in Northern Ireland since 1951 proved to be a huge success with Shane Lowry winning on Irish soil.
Now, the Irish government on Lowry’s southern side of the border has reached an agreement with the European Tour to stage the Ryder Cup in 2026 with Adare Manor set to be bestowed with the privilege.
The Ryder Cup has been staged in Ireland before, of course, with the K Club near Dublin hosting the event in 2006 when Europe scored an emotional 18.5-9.5 success with Darren Clarke among the winning team.
In 2026, it will be Adare Manor in County Limerick which will be the host venue as the United States and Europe go head-to-head in what will be the 46th edition of the Ryder Cup.
The Irish government will officially sign off the agreement at a cabinet meeting by committing to the funding required to stage such a large scale event.
Europe are reigning champions having won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups with the most recent success coming for the Thomas Bjorn-led team courtesy of a 17.5-10.5 victory over Jim Furyk’s stars and stripes at Le Golf National in Paris last year.
They did, however, lose on the last trip across the Atlantic when going down comprehensively 17-11 at Hazeltine in 2016 when Clarke’s men were no match for Davis Love III’s American side.
The United States will be looking for a similar result to get their hands back on the Ryder Cup when the sides go head-to-head at Whistling Straits for the 2020 meeting when Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington will be opposing captains.
After that, new Ryder Cup ground will be broken in 2022 as Italy stages the event for the first time when the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio near Rome welcomes the world’s best golfers.
Bethpage Black, which staged the 2019 US Open, in New York has the honour of hosting the 2024 and the event will also return to Hazeltine in Minnesota in 2028.
While the host venue in Europe has yet to be decided upon for both the 2030 and 2034 Ryder Cups—the latter of which will be the 50th edition of the great rivalry, the United States have already committed to the courses staging both the 2032 and 2036 events.
It will be the Lake Course at The Olympic Club in California which stages the 2032 edition and Congressional Country Club in Maryland for the 2036.
It was back in late 2017 that the Olympic Club, a five-time US Open host venue, was announced as the course to stage the 2032 Ryder Cup. It was revealed at the same time that the Lake Course would stage the 2028 PGA Championship.