Organizers Expecting Huge Crowds for 2018 Ryder Cup in France

Tuesday October 4th, 2016
A general view of the 18th green on L'Albatros Course at Le Golf National in September 2016.
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If you thought the crowds at this year's Ryder Cup were big, just wait for the next one.

According to The New York Times, organizers of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National outside Paris, France, expect between 60,000 to 65,000 fans to descend on the course on each day of the event. This year's event at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., was expected to draw crowds of about 50,000 per day.

The 2018 Ryder Cup committee hopes to attract not only Europeans but also Americans who might not be familiar with France's golf scene.

"When the Americans travel to Paris, they come for the art de vivre, the museums, the food and the shopping," said Pascal Grizot, the president of the organizing committee. "But you can ask them. Nobody is coming with their clubs. They don't know they can play golf around Paris."

Organizers are also counting on the course's close proximity to Paris to help draw new fans to the event. Le Golf National is located in a suburb of the City of Light, St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and Ryder Cups are rarely played so close to a world capital.

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