Ryder Cup not coming to Bolton after golf course plans rejected

American Zach Johnson, who is expected to be named the next Ryder Cup captain.

Revised plans to develop the 800-acre site in Greater Manchester were considered by Bolton Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

Richard Knight of Peel L&P, behind the £200m project, had called on the council to “seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity and support our efforts”.

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However, councilors voted to reject the bid by a 15-1 margin, leaving the London Club in Kent ahead of England’s bid to host the biennial competition between Europe and the United States in 2031 .

Local resident Phil Wood spoke out against the proposal, describing it as a ‘golf-clothed accommodation project’ and saying it would result in a ‘lame duck golf course‘ once the three-day competition of the Ryder Cup over.

Planning committee chairman John Walsh offered to deny the application, citing the impact on the greenbelt terrain on which the site would have been built.

The next two “home” Ryder Cups will be held at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome in 2023 and Adare Manor in Ireland in 2027.

A decision on the 2031 venue is expected in July.

A Ryder Cup Europe spokesperson said: “We have received considerable interest in hosting future editions of The Ryder Cup in several countries and venues across Europe.

“Discussions with all interested parties will continue in the coming months ahead of any decision and announcement.”

USA will name their 2023 Ryder Cup captain next week, with Zach Johnson tipped to succeed Steve Stricker in the role.

The PGA of America announced a press conference on Monday to reveal the identity of the man who will be responsible for keeping the trophy at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Italy.

USA haven’t won the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993, but did claim a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits last year, with all 12 of their squad ranked in the top 21 in the world at the time.

Johnson has appeared in the Ryder Cup five times and was only on the winning side in his last appearance in 2016.

The double major champion celebrates his 46th birthday today.

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