Langer criticises political support for Germany's Ryder Cup bid
Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer criticised Saturday the lack of support by national politicians for Germany's bid to host the event in 2018, DPA reported.
"I had expected more support from politicians but the climbdown over financial assistance is narrow-minded and shortsighted," the 53- year-old said at an extraordinary meeting of the German golf federation (DGV) in Frankfurt.
"It takes courage to invest 10 million euros (13.6 million dollars) to then profit from a guaranteed return of between 60 and 80 million euros by hosting the Ryder Cup."
The federal government and the Bavarian state government both recently ruled out any financial support for Germany's bid to host the event, which involves teams from Europe and the United States competing against each other.
Germany is up against Spain, Portugal, France and the Netherlands in the race to host the 2018 Ryder Cup with a decision expected in spring of next year.
The 2012 contest takes place in Chicago and the 2014 match at Gleneagles in Scotland.