Spain Leads Way As Potential Countries To Host 2018 Ryder Cup

June 1st, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

While golf is considered an individual sport, there are times when players compete against each other a a single unit against others from around the world for pride, history and the purity of competition.

The Ryder Cup has a long and storied history as one of the most prestigious events in all of sport.  Back in 1926, professional golfers from the United States and the equivalent of the British PGA Tour decided to come together and play in a team event to promote the game.

Since 1979, the entire continent of Europe has been integrated into the event.

The event sets the United States versus Europe throughout the course of three days of competition in team format with different variations of matches each day.

On the final day of competition, the 12 players from each team are matched against one another in singles format.

The Ryder Cup is contested biannually, with the United States winning in 2008.  Overall the United States sports a 25-10-2 record in Ryder Cup play.

This year, the 2010 Ryder Cup will be held from October 1-3 and will take place on the Celtic Manor Resort, located in Newport, South Wales.

With the sites already known for the future Ryder Cup venues through the 2016 Ryder Cup in the United States, Entertainment Betting Lines and USA Online Sportsbooks are fielding wagers as to which country will play host to the 2018 Ryder cup.

England has held the most Ryder Cups for the European team, but oddsmakers are not fielding wagers for England.

Spain    +135
Germany    +150
France    +300
Portugal    +800
Holland    +1200

The betting favorite, Spain, hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997, when it was contested at Valderrama Golf Course. It remains the only time in the Ryder Cups storied history, dating back to 1927 that Spain has hosted the event.  No other country on the list has hosted a Ryder Cup through 2010.

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