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The 2014 Ryder Cup dates confirmed

The 2014 Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, will take place from Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28, 2014.

Peter Lederer, Chairman of The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland’s First Minister, The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director and Patrick Elsmie, Managing Director of The Gleneagles Hotel.

The date for the 40th staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States was announced at The Gleneagles Hotel in the presence of Scotland’s First Minister, The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, European Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Peter Lederer, Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel, and Patrick Elsmie, Managing Director of The Gleneagles Hotel.

Alex Salmond MSP, said: "As the home of golf, Scotland is well placed to host the best Ryder Cup in the competition’s history when it arrives at Gleneagles in 2014.

"The arrangements for this spectacular event are well underway, and I am delighted to announce today that the 2014 event will be held over September 23-28, allowing the tens of thousands of spectators expected to attend to begin making their travel plans in earnest.

"I am also delighted to have seen for myself today the many exciting changes that are being made to improve this already outstanding golf course. As well as the hi-tech efforts to reduce water on the greens, the Ryder Cup Teams can expect many of the changes - proposed by Jack Nicklaus - to provide a sterner test as they seek glory during the competition.

"During the week of The Ryder Cup itself, the Scottish economy is expected to benefit by up to £100m, as visitors flock from across the globe to experience superb golf on one of the best courses in the world.

"But the benefits of the tournament will long outlive that special week and be felt for many years to come. As well as the lasting economic benefit, having the world's premier golf team event on our doorstep will allow thousands of young Scottish golfers chance to see the very best the sport has to offer up close, giving them an experience they will never forget and inspiring them to achieve great things in the future."

Richard Hills said: "Gleneagles have worked closely with Jack Nicklaus Golf Design to deliver a great course and I am certain the Gleneagles team, and Scotland, will deliver an outstanding Ryder Cup in three years’ time."

Patrick Elsmie said: "We are excited that the dates have now been confirmed for The Ryder Cup and are looking forward to the prospect of welcoming the world’s greatest golfers to Gleneagles in 2014.

"We were delighted to re-open the Dormy Clubhouse this spring, following a £3 million refurbishment, and to announce the new appointment of Stuart McEwen, as Director of Golf. This winter we are continuing work on The PGA Centenary Course in conjunction with Jack Nicklaus, with the intention of having the course alterations completed by May 2012."