Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Tree Issue Means No Cup in Turkey

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Tree Issue Means No Cup in Turkey

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Byline: Gary Smits

It was all about the trees in Turkey.

Turkey has withdrawn its application to host the 2022 Ryder Cup because the government would not give permission to the Turkish Golf Federation to cut down nearly 15,000 trees on the property of the proposed host venue, the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course.

The trees would have had to be cut down to clear room for the huge grandstands that have become a staple of the Ryder Cup.

The course, located in a resort area, is the site of this week's European Tour event, the Turkish Airlines Open. Its designer, World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie, is making his 600th European Tour start.

They're not giving up yet. Golf officials in Turkey announced plans to build a new golf course that would cost up to $50 million and have none of the environmental concerns, in the hopes of landing the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Other countries in the running for the 2022 Ryder Cup are Italy, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Spain. The only Ryder Cup hosted outside the British Isles was in 1997 at Valderrama in Spain.

The Ryder Cup will be at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., in 2016, Le Golf National in Paris in 2018 and at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., in 2020.

SIFFORD TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF FREEDOM

World Golf Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford will become the third golfer to receiver the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies at the White House on Nov. 24.

Sifford was the first African-American member of the PGA Tour and was the first African-American to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

He won twice on the PGA Tour and captured the 1975 Senior PGA Championship.

Sifford participated in the opening last May of the first exhibit at the Hall of Fame to honor the impact of African-Americans in golf: "Honoring the Legacy."

KO EARNS TOP ROOKIE HONOR

Lydia Ko broke one of the oldest LPGA records in terms of accomplishments at an early age.

Ko, the 17-year-old resident of New Zealand and a native of South Korea, clinched the LPGA rookie of the year award, which is based on points for victories and finishes. …

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