Ryder Cup - Ryder Cup could disappear from UK
Great Britain could go over a decade without staging the Ryder Cup after Scotland hosts the 2014 edition, according to one of the four members who decides where the event takes place.
Germany, France, Portugal, Spain and Holland are all bidding to stage the 2018 tournament and David MacLaren of the European Ryder Cup Committee's venue evaluation panel has said that one of the losing candidates for 2018 can bid again for biannual event in 2022.
The Ryder Cup, which takes place in Celtic Manor, Wales this weekend, alternates between Europe and the USA every two years.
Gleneagles in Scotland will host the event in 2014 but if the next two European editions are held in continental Europe then the tournament could only be held again in the UK in 2026 at the earliest.
"Our current focus is 2018 but we have more than one outstanding bid, so there may be a situation where one of those competes for 2022," MacLaren is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
"It is, of course, open to everyone but we might see a situation where the Ryder Cup is again in continental Europe."
MacLaren also outlined the criteria required for those wishing to bid for the Cup.
"There are six. A world-class golf facility, which can be on a green-field or existing course. Excellent infrastructure. Tangible government support at all levels. The budget for the tournament must be underwritten. We must now have a commercial relationship with the host. And legacy: there must be a contribution to that country's game of golf," he said.