Mike Dojc, Contributor
The biennial cross-pond golf grudge match pitting Europe against the USA will be staged at Adare Manor in County Limerick in 2026.
Shane Lowry, who used to use a marker to draw a green shamrock on his balls before Srixon saved him the effort and began emblazoning the symbol of Ireland on the golfer’s balls, is certainly stoked. The proud native son has quite the track record when he plays close to home. Lowry won the Irish Open in 2009 as an amateur and then topped that formidable feat last week by winning the Open Championship at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush.
“Great news today adding to a great week for Irish golf,” he tweeted.
JP McManus, the billionaire owner of the plush five-star hotel and golf resort set on an 840 acre estate, is also quite pumped. Hosting the tournament was always his dream for the property.
“I am delighted that the prestigious Ryder Cup will return to Ireland,” said JP McManus, the billionaire owner of the hotel and golf resort. Noreen and I are very happy that Adare Manor was chosen as the venue for this world-renowned tournament in 2026 and we look forward to welcoming our worldwide visitors.”
“I am confident that the people of Ireland will get behind The Ryder Cup and take the opportunity to showcase Ireland on the world stage and ensure that the 2026 Ryder Cup will be an outstanding success hope the many tourist, golfing and business organizations will work together to identify all the opportunities for the benefit of The Ryder Cup tournament, the Irish economy and across the south west community.”
Adare Manor reopened “The Golf Course” in the spring of 2018 following a two-year Tom Fazio course transformation. 2020 Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington chipped in provide player input to the architect’s team. Shane Lowry helped christen the born anew course in an exhibition match alongside four-time major winner Rory McIlory, and Paul McGinley, the Irish pro who famously bested Jim Furyk at the Belfry by holing a ten-footer on the 18th to clinch the Ryder Cup for Europe in 2002.
The Ryder Cup was last contested in Ireland was at the K Club in 2006 when captain Ian Woosnam led Europe to a 9-point victory, equaling their record winning margin set two years earlier.
“We could not be more honored to be successful in bringing The Ryder Cup back to Ireland and to Adare Manor. Today’s announcement is extremely humbling for all of us and my heartfelt thanks and gratitude go out to all of those who have played their part in the Adare Manor story so far,” said Colm Hannon, Adare Manor’s CEO.
The venue menu for the next decade of Ryder Cups is now all set. Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits will stage the prestigious matchplay tourney in 2020, Rome’s Marco Simone Golf and Country Club will say ‘ciao’ in 2022, Bethpage Black gets a turn in 2024, and Minnesota’s Hazeltine will become the first American venue to host their second Ryder Cup in 2028.