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BBC golf correspondent Tony Adamson
"Wales now have the opportunity to prove they are a golfing nation"
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BBC Wales' Jeff Collins on the Ryder Cup bidding
"The signs are looking good for Wales."
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Alan Campbell and BBC Scotland's John Morrison
"There has been a serious political fall-out"
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Scottish sports minister Allan Wilson
"We're disappointed we won't get it in 2010"
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Sir Terry Matthews on BBC Five Live
"It's a Wales bid, not a Terry Matthews bid"
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Saturday, 29 September, 2001, 04:49 GMT 05:49 UK
Work starts on 2010 Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance tees off at the Celtic Manor course
Celtic Manor is the jewel in the crown of Welsh golf
Celtic Manor owner Sir Terry Matthews said preparations were already underway for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Celtic Manor was awarded the lucrative prize after fighting off bids from Northumberland's Slaley Hall and a number of Scottish courses.

"The plans have been set; our sleeves are rolled up - the work begins now, " said Sir Terry.

  Ryder Cup venues
2002 The Belfry, England
2004 Oakland Hills, Michigan
2006 The K Club, Ireland
2008 Valhalla , Kentucky
2010 Celtic Manor, Wales
2012 Medinah Country Club, Illinois
2014 Gleneagles, Scotland
Work is set to start next month on seven new holes and Wales itself will undergo a variety of beneficial changes, much to the joy of First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

"This will not only put us on the sporting map but will also help secure more top-quality inward investment, besides increased numbers of visitors to Wales," he said.

"We will ensure that the whole of Wales benefits from this."

Sir David Rowe-Beddoe, chairman of the Welsh Development Agency, added: "The direct and indirect benefits arising from this successful bid will be worth millions of advertising and marketing pounds.

"We could not have a better opportunity to raise the profile of Wales globally.

"We intend to capitalise on the intense media interest and use it to endorse and promote one of our key messages to audiences around the world - that Wales is world-class.

"The Ryder Cup is the most talked about, most written about and most televised event in golf. While this decision is good for Wales, for business and tourism, it is excellent news for the future development of the game in our country."

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