Cape Town - The Ryder Cup will return to Ireland in 2026 when Adare Manor, in County Limerick, hosts the biennial contest between Europe and the United States for the first time.
Ryder Cup Europe announced that Adare Manor will follow in the footsteps of Whistling Straits in Wisconsin (2020), Marco Simone in Italy (2022) and Bethpage Black in New York (2024) as the venue for golf's greatest team contest.
It means The Ryder Cup will be staged in Ireland for the second time, 20 years after The K Club hosted the 2006 contest.
It was where Team Europe - under the captaincy of Ian Woosnam - memorably defeated the United States by a record margin of 18½ - 9½.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: "This is a tremendously proud day for everyone at the European Tour and everyone associated with the island of Ireland and Irish golf. When we started the discussions with both the Irish Government and Adare Manor on this entire project they promised to deliver, and they have both done that.
"Over the past few weeks we have seen truly wonderful golfing occasions at both Lahinch and Royal Portrush and I know such memorable scenes will be repeated in seven years' time at Adare Manor. Ireland has golf in its DNA and especially in relation to The Ryder Cup."
Commenting on the announcement, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. stated: "The passion of Irish people for golf across the island is well known and that was reinforced by the fantastic crowds at last Sunday's Open Championship in Portrush and the joy at Shane's great victory. Hosting The Ryder Cup here will be a great occasion for Irish golf and Irish tourism. The Ryder Cup in 2026 will be a must go event for golf fans when we expect thousands of overseas visitors to come to Ireland."
JP McManus, owner of Adare Manor, said: "I am delighted that the prestigious Ryder Cup will return to Ireland. We were very happy that Adare Manor was chosen as the venue for this world renowned tournament in 2026 and we look forward to welcoming our worldwide visitors.
"I am confident that the people of Ireland will get behind The Ryder Cup and take the opportunity to showcase Ireland on the world stage and ensure that The 2026 Ryder Cup will be an outstanding success.
"I hope the many tourist, golfing and business organisations will work together to identify all the opportunities for the benefit of The Ryder Cup, the Irish economy and across the south west community."
Since Ireland last hosted The Ryder Cup in 2006, the biennial contest has extended its reach as one of the world’s leading sporting events.
Last year's Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France attracted more than 270, 00 fans on course across the week - the largest attendance for a Ryder Cup held in Europe - with record social media engagement of more than 22 billion impressions globally.
The Ryder Cup also boosted economic activity in France by €235.7million - a significant increase compared to the £106 million of economic activity generated in Scotland in 2014 when Gleneagles hosted the contest.
Adare Manor, which was extensively renovated two years ago, hosted the Irish Open in 2007, a tournament won by Padraig Harrington two months before he went on to clinch the first of his two successive Open Championship titles at Carnoustie. The Irish Open was staged again at Adare Manor the following year in 2008 when Englishman Richard Finch triumphed.
The venue has also hosted the JP McManus Pro-Am in 2005 and 2010 and is scheduled to do so again next July, with confirmed participants already including Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.