Camp Nou welcomes a delegation from the Ryder Cup / VICTOR SALGADO

FC Barcelona have received a visit from the Evaluation Committee of the Ryder Cup who on Tuesday themselves visited the area of Girona to assess the candidacy of Costa-Brava-Barcelona 2022 which hopes to host the golf tournament at the PGA Catalunya course.

The five members of the committee, accompanied by the president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, Gonzaga Escauriaza, amongst others, were received by Club director Ramon Pont, who is also first vice president of the FC Barcelona Foundation. The visit started with a trip to the Museum where special interest was shown in the New Espai Barça and the interactive table where the 100 most important moments in the Club’s history can be viewed.

Camp Nou turns into a golf course

After the visit to the Museum, the party moved to the pitch at Camp Nou. After a few quick photos in the dugouts, the gathered officials enjoyed one of the most unusual moments of the visit. Various members of the visiting party took the opportunity to launch a few drives from near the corner flag. The challenge was to land the ball in the centre circle. The visit ended with a visit to the Presidential VIP Box where the party were presented with commemorative first team jerseys.

The candidacy of Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 has the support of the City Council and Regional Council of both provinces but there are other candidates in the form of Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey and Portugal. At the end of April all the proposals will be presented to the Ryder Cup Europe Selection Committee and the final decision is set ot be made in either September or October.

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