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Friday, 28 September, 2001, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Welsh bid chiefs delighted
Delighted: Tony Lewis (left) and Sir Terry Matthews
Delighted: Tony Lewis (left) and Sir Terry Matthews
The committee behind the successful Welsh Ryder Cup bid are celebrating attracting the 2010 competition to the Celtic Manor.

The resort's owner, Sir Terry Matthews, said: "This is a great moment for Wales and the Celtic Manor - and a huge opportunity for golf.

"This decision brings a new dimension to the sport by adding another nation into the golfing premier league.

"We will live up to the confidence shown in us by continuing to deliver on our commitments.


I hope the confidence of the people of Wales soars. They can be proud of their bid.
Tony Lewis
Matthews, who has poured millions of pounds into the resort, added: "Our win will mean that exciting proposals for golf development, new tournaments and the further expansion of the world-class facilities at Celtic Manor can be fully impleted.

"The plans have been set, our sleeves are rolled up, and the work begins now."

Bid chairman Tony Lewis paid tribuite to Sir Terry, saying: "We would not be celebrating a victory if we did not have a remarkable patriot who was bold enough to think his Celtic Manor might one day host a Ryder Cup.

For Wales it is wonderful news. The whole of the country was behind the bid and I believe we gave the Ryder Cup board the opportunity to place a new, vibrant piece in the jigsaw of European golf.


The plans have been set, our sleeves are rolled up, and the work begins now.
Sir Terry Matthews
"Today, I hope the confidence of the people of Wales soars. They can be proud of their bid."

Lewis added: "We believe that bringing the Ryder Cup to Wales will have a positive impact on the game of golf. The decision is the beginning, not the end.

"We have more scope for gold development than our bidding rivals. But there is a great deal of work to be done with new money, new tournaments and a golf strategy which is already on the move."

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