Dates set for 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

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Dates for the 2014 Ryder Cup at no.1 2-FORE!-1 venue the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, have been set  from Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28, 2014.

The date for the 40th staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States was announced at The Gleneagles Hotel in the presence of Scotland’s First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, European Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Peter Lederer, Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel, and Patrick Elsmie, Managing Director of The Gleneagles Hotel.

Alex Salmond MSP, said: “As the home of golf, Scotland is well placed to host the best Ryder Cup in the competition’s history when it arrives at Gleneagles in 2014.

“The arrangements for this spectacular event are well underway, and I am delighted to announce today that the 2014 event will be held over the weekend of September 26-28, allowing the tens of thousands of spectators expected to attend to begin making their travel plans in earnest.

"I am also delighted to have seen for myself today the many exciting changes that are being made to improve this already outstanding golf course. As well as the hi-tech efforts to reduce water on the greens, the Ryder Cup Teams can expect many of the changes - proposed by Jack Nicklaus - to provide a sterner test as they seek glory during the competition.

"During the week of The Ryder Cup itself, the Scottish economy is expected to benefit by up to £100m, as visitors flock from across the globe to experience superb golf on one of the best courses in the world.

Richard Hills said: ““Gleneagles have worked closely with Jack Nicklaus Golf Design to deliver a great course and I am certain the Gleneagles team, and Scotland, will deliver an outstanding Ryder Cup in three years’ time.”

The 2014 Ryder Cup will represent only the second time in history that golf’s greatest team event has been staged in Scotland, the previous occasion, in 1973, taking place at almost exactly the same time of year, September 20-22, at Muirfield on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Golf fans can already pre-register their interest for tickets for The 2014 Ryder Cup via The European Tour’s official website, www.europeantour.com.

If you already have a ‘My European Tour’ account, you simply need to tick The 2014 Ryder Cup ticket box in your profile to register your interest. If you don’t have an existing ‘My European Tour’ account, you will need to register before ticking the box.