DUBAI, 23rd August, 2017 (WAM) -- Emirates Airlines has announced that it is to become an Official Partner of the 2018 Ryder Cup as part of a four-year renewal of the airline’s existing European Tour Agreement which will run until 2021. The 48th edition of The Ryder Cup, scheduled to be held at Le Golf National in France in September, 2018, will host 24 of the top golfers from Europe and the USA.
"Emirates partnering The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris is huge news for the region," said Nick Tarratt, Director European Tour International Dubai Office. "A wonderful local story that will be heard around the world and have a global impact. They last sponsored The Ryder Cup in 2010 at Celtic Manor and it is significant that they are back on board for next year’s event.
"The renewal of the partnership between Emirates and the European Tour until 2021 is also exciting for us. This long-term agreement enables us to properly plan and collaborate in a visionary and mutually beneficial partnership.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said, "We’re pleased to announce our continued partnership with the European Tour. Golf is one of the world’s most popular sports and Emirates proudly links golfers and fans alike to top golfing events and destinations around the globe.
"As the Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup in France next year, we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the European Tour, as well as engaging with millions of golf fans around the world.’’
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said, "We are delighted to continue our partnership with Emirates on the European Tour until 2021 and we also welcome them on board as an Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup.
Emirates currently supports nineteen events on the European Tour International Schedule, as well as the Race to Dubai. The 2017 European Tour will feature the ninth edition of the Race to Dubai, the winner of which will be crowned European Number One at the end of the season. The reigning Race to Dubai champion is Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, while other players to have held the honour include former World Number Ones Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy.