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“Some other bidding countries have contributed more than France to the Ryder Cup history and the European Tour might be tempted to favor one of those countries,” Grizot told French sports daily L’Equipe. “But we are ahead of the Netherlands and Portugal from this point of view.”

British bookmaker William Hill makes Spain the 8-11 favorite to host the tournament, with France the 11-8 second favorite and Germany next at 5-1. The Netherlands and Portugal are long shots at 20-1 and 25-1, respectively.

Recent European Ryder Cups were held in Ireland in 2006, and Wales in 2010. The 2014 event will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland.