Curse of the Ryder Cup? The iconic venues overlooked on the golfing calendar

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By Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
They stage the golf events in Europe, but what is the legacy for the classes that maintain the Ryder Cup? Why is it that they disappear from relevance shortly after being centre of the golf globe?
All these are questions worth thinking about from the week that Le Golf National plays host to the French Open for the first time because the continent victory over the United States just over a year ago.
1 thing is for sure, that running of this oldest national Open in continental Europe will not be as expansive as the French Opens that preceded the 2018 Ryder Cup.
The tournament was changed from a prime place in the schedule at the end of June and its currently worth only #1.4m compared using the #5.6m purse that was played for last year.
Make no mistake, there will be golf on display. The scramble to store cards qualify to Dubai finale for the Race is intensifying.
Along with also the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson incorporate some stardust.
But if Alex Noren won he beat a field that included defending Spanish giants Jon Rahm champion Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia, US star Justin Thomas along with Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter.
Bjorn contributes among the playing attractions instead of chief strategist for an European triumph to the scene of his groups tumultuous success.
This 171/2-101/2 win generated scenes and memories to inspire future generations. The course – set to suit the home team – and also the location near Paris and parts played in making a week for golf.
However, it feels as though Le Golf National could follow many venues that staged house games into comparative obscurity for Europe. Courses that were once staples in the circuit have faded out of importance.
The Belfry hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions between 1985 and 2002 and whatever you think the first layout from the midlands became a huge part of the cloth of golf history.
However, the Brabazon Course hasnt staged a Tour event . Celtic Manor in south Wales disappeared from the program in 2014, four years following its Ryder Cup.
The K Club, which hosted the 2006 match in County Kildare, was the constant home of the European Open between 2007 and 1995. When the Irish Open was held by it it then vanished from the calendar aside from in 2016.
Gleneagles staged this years Solheim Cup and the 2018 European Team Championships before putting onto the 2014 Ryder Cup however its deal to maintain tour events expired the season.
Only Valderrama (1997 Ryder Cup) in southern Spain has turned into a regular stop for the continents top players in the aftermath of holding among the biennial jousts between Europe and the US.
Therefore the portents are not good for Le Golf National, particularly at a time once the value of their French Open has slightly diminished.
The French Federation signed a deal that would have taken them to 2022.
This crashed with the loss of sponsor Alstom, however, with Chinese conglomerate HNA a lucrative deal was gained by the European Tour for 2016. The agreement values 25m euros seemed to fasten the occasions top-level standing.
But that deal fell through departing this tournament to warrant a place at the elite Rolex Series of the tour. So now it stays within this October date detached.
The change of date is acceptable, the largest tournaments should have the very best dates, Pascal Grizot, president of Frances 2018 Ryder Cup committee, admitted to LEquipe this past year.
the European Tour did not do more to encourage the championship, but the official questioned. Why didnt they opt to help the French Open and the federation as we had been extremely loyal for the Ryder Cup? He asked.
The response comes down to cash, like with so many other Ryder Cup places. There is money generated to place these places around the map once of staging golfs biggest event, the aim has been fulfilled, but it disappears.
It may prove a similar narrative for Le Golf National. In accordance with the schedule of the next year the French Open will return to summer, but there is no word on which course will stage the tournament nor its own purses magnitude.
Places that immediately resonate with golfing lovers anywhere; K Club The Belfry, Celtic Manor, Gleneagles and now potentially Le Golf National are not simply places that have carved big areas in the match folklore.
They also supply proof that company reality leaves very little room for preserving and nurturing that golfing history.

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