September 27 2012
The 39th Ryder Cup is all set to Tee Off and the tension is building
Chicago is ready to embrace this week's Ryder Cup golf showdown between the United States and Europe at the Medinah Country Club in the city's suburbs.
Downtown Chicago is getting in on the activity, with nearly all its 35,000 rooms booked during Ryder Cup weekend, said Warren Wilkinson, chief marketing officer at the city's tourism agency, Choose Chicago.
"In Europe, this is probably the second biggest sporting event after soccer's World Cup," said Michael Belot, director of the event for the PGA. "There's a lot of emotion that comes into play," he said. "For these top golfers, it's the one time they get to be on a team."
The biennial Ryder Cup alternates between U.S. and European venues and it has a reputation for bringing out the best in the golfers - and the worst in normally conservative spectators, who enjoy the fierce partisanship of the tournament.
Ryder Cup 2014 will be held in Gleneagles, Scotland.