The inaugural multi-sport 2018 European Championships will see the European Golf Team Championship staged for the first time, a tournament which will be held on the historic Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course, the host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Backed by both the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the championships will see men and women compete for their countries on the same course simultaneously in top-level competition for the first time in the history of the sport.
The tournament will be staged over five days, and include men’s team, women’s team and mixed team competitions in a Match Play format.
Two male and female golfers per nation will participate with the top 16 European nations participating. Gleneagles was chosen as the host venue thanks in part to its rich history of holding top-class events, as well as its excellent transport links to Glasgow so that it can be integrated into the wider European Championships.
The European Golf Team Championships will see men and women compete for their countries on the same course simultaneously in top-level competition for the first time in the history of the sport.
Gleneagles’ Director of Golf Gary Silcock said: “This is going to be an exceptional and inspiring sporting event in 2018.
“Gleneagles has a long history of raising the bar and advancing the game of golf – including hosting the very first match between British and American professionals in 1921, an event that was the precursor to what became The Ryder Cup.
“We are therefore tremendously proud to be supporting not just one but two further ground-breaking moments in sport – with the introduction of golf in the European Championships for the first time and, more significantly, the world’s first joint men’s and women’s team golf tournament.
“These developments represent game-changing progress in the sport and will strengthen Gleneagles’ reputation as one of the foremost golfing event venues in the world.”
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The tournament will build on the successful return of golf to the Olympic programme in Rio, where Great Britain’s Justin Rose won the men’s gold medal.
Great Britain’s Danny Willett and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the 2016 US Masters and British Open respectively, the latter also taking the silver medal behind Rose in Rio, to herald a successful year for European golf as the countdown commences to the 2018 European Championships.
Number of medal events: 3
Number of competition days: 5
Number of athletes: 64
First edition: 2018
In the summer of 2018 Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.
Tickets for both the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and Berlin 2018 European Championships are on sale.