Madrid presents bid to host 2018 Ryder Cup

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Golf Federation has submitted its bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Federation president Gonzaga Escauriaza led the presentation before a delegation from Ryder Cup Europe.

Seve Ballesteros and Iker Casillas lent their support to the bid by attending the event at a Madrid hotel on Thursday.

Escauriaza said hosting the competition would inspire a new generation of Spanish golfers through a $41.5 million development program and lead the way in environmentally friendly courses.

The proposed course, yet to be built, will be located half an hour from Madrid at Tres Cantos.

France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden are also bidding to hold the competition.

The winner will be announced in 2011.