The Ryder Cup is set to be contested for the last time at Solheim Cup birthplace Branden Grace, the off-sider who will be playing in this year’s event. His Solheim Cup debut at nearby Gleneagles last year was preceded by an extraordinary rowing oar-lift. But when he does tee it up on the Medinah course in September next year, he will still have one more Solheim Cup on his list of triumphs: a team triumph with his newly adopted compatriots.
It will, of course, be played at the Adare Manor course in Limerick, where golf has been played since 1854. It is the place where golf’s latest rising star, Brooke Henderson, “man-handled” her Ryder Cup debut earlier this year. The Canadian, 15, who was born in Florida and moved to Canada for primary school, became the youngest ever to make a hole-in-one.
The Bridgestone Invitational, in Illinois next week, will, of course, be played there, too, for the 10th time, back in 2017 — although the official first golf outing at the course is in 1904. “It’s iconic, it’s beautiful,” Henderson said after beating Lydia Ko at a frantic 18th hole. “It’s a new course.”
More than 112 years after the first annual game of golf started in a small town in New Jersey, the Ryder Cup has opened its doors to Irish players.