Reports and denials that the 2018 Ryder Cup is being moved from Paris back to Gleneagles due to US security fears from terrorists.
Reports say that Team USA Ryder Cup officials are fearful of the threat posed by Islamic State jihadists in France to the security of the players should the event be staged at Paris National as planned.
Chris Musson and Kevin Duguid in the Scottish Sun report that Europe's most recent venue, Gleneagles, is set to again host, with infrastructure and a proven security plan already in place.
A source told The Scottish Sun on Sunday yesterday: “The plan is in place and ready to go at the request of the Americans.
Other quotes in the piece centre on a perceived less than convincing handle on security on mainland Europe.
“The US were already incredibly nervous about the Ryder Cup being held in France before yesterday’s events (at Orly airport). The US believe some European countries don’t have a handle on the terror threat and they may not risk it. There is seen to be a disjointed approach to security in mainland Europe."
Paris and France as a whole is a country desperate for good news after a torrid two years of sustained terror attacks. The Charlie Hebdo raid claimed 22 lives in 2015 while the Bataclan massacre of later that year saw 130 people die. Another 86 people were killed in the Nice truck attack in July 2016.
Is it almost unthinkable however that Paris and France as a nation would relinquish staging the event. More official sounding "sources" in the piece tend to agree.
A spokesman said: “Gleneagles is hosting two major events, but it is not being lined up as a contingency for the Ryder Cup.
“We are working closely with all agencies in France to ensure a safe and successful Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in September 2018.”
Police Scotland assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins said: “The force is planning for two major golf events at Gleneagles, the European Sport Championships in 2018 and the 2019 Solheim Cup.
“We have not been approached by Ryder Cup Europe about any contingency plans for 2018.”
I for one hope to see the 2018 Ryder Cup take place at Paris National as planned. Paris is my favourite city in the world and if ever there was a course most suited to matchplay at the highest level this is it. Moving the event would send the wrong message to the terrorists. Allez les bleus.
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