Revealed: The stunning effort it takes to put the Ryder Cup on

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The true scale of putting on The Ryder Cup has been revealed
The true scale of putting on The Ryder Cup has been revealed

The Ryder Cup is turning into one of the most lucrative sporting weekends on the planet.

Last month’s event at Le Golf National in Paris, France saw the European team upset the odds and dispatch of the US comfortably.

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Thomas Bjorn’s side recovered from a poor first morning to dominate their US counterparts and win back the trophy after losing it at Hazeltine in 2016.

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Whilst their achievements featured heavily on television, on the radio and in the newspapers, the actual effort it took to get the tournament on has had less publicity, understandably.

But putting on an event of that size, with nearly 300,000 spectators attending the golf course throughout the week, take some doing.

The jaw-dropping numbers that Creative Technology, who supply all the equipment to make sure the tournament runs smoothly, have put together really make you appreciate just that.

There were 425 tonnes of equipment taken to Le Golf National by fourteen 45ft trucks, equivalent to a vehicle convoy the length of the Sky Tower in Auckland delivering the bulk of two-and-a-quarter blue whales.

To set up the course, which included 447 TV screens, 26,000m of cables, 1,464 sum of LED screens, 726 crew days were needed. That is just short of two years’ solid work.

Some effort, and they will do it all again in four years’ time when the tournament visits Italy for the first time ever.

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