The US and Europe’s top players will be in Rome for the 2022 Ryder Cup after Italy’s government approved a financial handout for the event
In December 2015, Rome landed the 2022 Ryder Cup, one of golf’s bigger events. Italy beat out Austria, Germany and Spain. But a problem crept up. Rome was bidding for the Olympics and there quite a bit of opposition to the bid and some of the government money appropriated. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi did not support the plan and it was doomed. Rome was forced to withdraw. The Italian National Olympic Committee head Giovanni Malago was furious. He claimed Italy would be viewed as a monstrous fool and brought up the question of Italy’s credibility if Rome’s elected officials decided not to financially support the bid. Malago also then played the IOC and Olympics are bigger than any local politicians’ decisions on what is good for their city. “It would mean that politics intervened disavowing the green light of the policy and decisions of the sports world.”
By November Malago had no Olympic bid but there was the Ryder Cup that needed funding and questions arose whether Italy was going to support funding the Ryder Cup. In February, the funding almost disappeared.
Tiger Woods may not be on the US team in the 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy