Ireland is set to host the Ryder Cup for a second time with confirmation that Adare Manor in Co. Limerick will host the biennial golf competition between Europe and the United States in 2026.
Ryder Cup Europe today announced the JP McManus-owned five-star resort would follow in the footsteps of Whistling Straits in Wisconsin (2020), Marco Simone in Italy (2022) and Bethpage Black in New York (2024) as the venue for world golf’s top team contest.
Ireland previously hosted The Ryder Cup at The K Club in 2006 when Europe defeated the visiting United States team by a record margin of 18½ – 9½. The European side was captained by Welshman Ian Woosnam, and his team included three Irish players, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Pádraig Harrington, all of whom would go on to captain the European team in the following decade.
Guy Kinnings, European Ryder Cup Director, said of today’s announcement:
“We are delighted to announce The 2026 Ryder Cup will be staged in Ireland at Adare Manor which is a world class venue, both in terms of the golf course and the wider resort facilities. Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the support of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Irish Government who are in receipt of our grateful and heartfelt thanks. Months of careful negotiation behind the scenes have seen us arrive at this point and we could not be happier to be able to take golf’s greatest team contest back to Ireland.”
“Equally in receipt of our appreciation are Adare Manor owners JP and Noreen McManus and their entire team at the magnificent County Limerick venue. JP has shown unwavering support for golf and the European Tour over many years and we are delighted that Adare Manor will be the venue to showcase the next chapter in Ireland’s Ryder Cup story in seven years’ time.”
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— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) July 25, 2019
Kinnings made reference to Ireland’s rich golfing history, stating:
“Aside from having provided three captains over the past four editions, in addition to world-class talent such as Rory McIlroy, Irish players such as the late Christy O’Connor Jnr, Philip Walton, Éamonn Darcy, Graeme McDowell and Paul McGinley are intrinsically linked with providing Europe’s winning moments over the years. Added to that the fact that Irish golf fans are rightly recognised as some of the most knowledgeable and passionate in the world, as was shown during Shane Lowry’s emotional Open Championship triumph at Royal Portrush on Sunday, there was no question in our minds that the time was right.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said of today’s decision to award the event to the Co. Limerick course:
“This is a tremendously proud day for everyone at the European Tour and everyone associated with the island of Ireland and Irish golf. Over the past few weeks we have seen truly wonderful golfing occasions at both Lahinch and Royal Portrush and I know such memorable scenes will be repeated in seven years’ time at Adare Manor. Ireland has golf in its DNA and especially in relation to The Ryder Cup.”
Adare Manor hosted the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008, and also hosted the JP McManus Pro-Am in 2005 and 2010 and will do so again in July 2020.