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Nine years in the planning, 2010 Ryder Cup is days away

The 2010 Ryder Cup has been nine years in the planning, but now the action is just days away.

Wales is bracing itself for the glare of a worldwide audience it has never known before as an estimated two billion people around the world will be watching Newport between 1 and 3 October.

The flags are flying, the bunting is up and the M4 roadworks have disappeared (for now) as a 1,400 acre area of the Usk Valley will be beamed into approximately 62 million households in 195 countries for three days teeing.

Wales has hosted FA Cup football finals, a Rugby World Cup and Heineken Cup finals and an Ashes Test cricket match, but these have been nothing like a Ryder Cup.

Golf’s matchplay showpiece is third only to the football World Cup and Olympics as the third most-watched sporting event on the planet, so Newport is to be the centre of the sporting universe for one weekend only.

Full story: BBC Sport – Golf – Nine years in the planning, 2010 Ryder Cup is days away