This afternoon, firefighters fought a huge fire on the luxurious golf course where Europe sensationally won last week’s Ryder Cup tournament by defeating the United States.
Dozens of fire and police crews were called to a temporary hospitality building at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome at 5:07 p.m. to deal with a massive inferno that sent flames and smoke shooting into the sky.
The fire engulfed the three-story grandstand to the right of the first fairway, where hundreds of spectators gathered for the tournament last week.
One witness told local media: “The smoke and flames are amazing. It is huge and the heat can be felt from a distance.
After the fire, the stand remained an empty shell, although no one was injured and the fire took hold of the temporary building. Ryder Cup Europe said it was investigating the cause of the fire.
Firefighters are battling a huge fire at the luxury golf course where Europe sensationally won the Ryder Cup last week by beating the United States.
Ryder Cup Europe said it was investigating the cause of the fire that broke out earlier today
Dozens of fire crews were on the scene battling the massive inferno that sent flames and smoke shooting into the sky
Footage shows that one of the hotel buildings at the Marco Simone golf course was on fire on Thursday afternoon
Ryder Cup Europe released a statement that read: “A fire was reported this afternoon at one of the temporary hospitality facilities to the right of the first fairway at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
“Local fire crews were called to the scene at 5:07 p.m. local time and quickly brought the fire under control. No one was injured in the incident and the fire did not spread beyond the guest facility. There was no damage to the golf course or any other structure. The causes of the fire are currently under investigation.
A spokesman for the Italian Golf Federation said: “The fire broke out in a stand prepared for the Ryder Cup and it is being dismantled, but that’s all we know.”
The fire broke out on the first hole, and video posted online stated that despite the massive blaze, golfers could still be seen playing the 18th hole.
According to Sky News, authorities at one point considered evacuating homes in Rome’s northeastern suburb of Guidonia, but it was decided this was not necessary once the fire was under control.
The grandstand built for last week’s tournament hosted spectators and housed bars and restaurants throughout the three-day event.
After the fire, the stand remained an empty shell, although no one was injured and the fire was brought under control in a temporary building
Firefighters and police officers were seen at the bottom of the burned temporary structure that had been created for the tournament
Officials said it was made of metal, wood and covered in plastic, which caused the fire to spread and smoke quickly because it is highly flammable
Fires continued to rage in some places as lights began to fail on a golf course outside Rome
Officials said it was made of metal, wood and covered in plastic, which caused the fire to spread and smoke quickly because it is highly flammable.
The grandstand, which took several months to build, was dismantled so that the field could be back to normal by December.
There were unconfirmed reports in the Italian media that the cause of the fire was fuel or gas canisters left by catering companies.
On Thursday, just a few days after the organization of the Ryder Cup 2023 tournament, there was a fire at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome.
Ryder Cup Europe said firefighters were called at 5:07 p.m. today and that an investigation into the fire was ongoing.
Last week, thousands of fans watched the competition from one of the golf course’s hospitality facilities
Fans surround the 18th green as Shane Lowry of Team Europe at Marco Simone Golf Club on October 1
Footage that appeared on X, formerly known as Twitter, shows the golf course’s hospitality structure shrouded in fire and smoke.
It is still unknown what caused the fire and whether any injuries resulted. Reports from Italy say that “firefighters are arriving at the scene to control the flames.”
The incident occurred just four days after Team Europe won the 2023 Ryder Cup title at the same track.
Club Marco Simone is located 16 km from the center of Rome and has 2 golf courses, an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole leisure course.
The incident occurred just four days after Team Europe won the 2023 Ryder Cup title in Rome
Team Europe captain Luke Donald poses with the trophy and wife Diane Antonopoulos as his team kisses partners during the celebrations after winning the Ryder Cup
Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy celebrates with his wife Erika as Europe regains the Ryder Cup
Team Europe captain Luke Donald holds the Ryder Cup trophy with the players
Ireland’s Shane Lowry and The European Team roar with delight as they lift the Ryder Cup alongside (L-R) Matthew Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Ludwig Aberg, Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland during the official presentation
European WAGs took a separate photo with Norwegian star Viktor Hovland, the only single male on the team
Luke Donald’s European team claimed an emphatic 16.5-11.5 victory over Zach Johnson’s American team, erasing the consternation of their 2021 defeat at Whistling Straits.
Donald’s men cruised to victory over the USA after a blistering start in which they quickly gained the advantage before Rory McIlroy hit a phenomenal golf shot to help them secure victory.
McIlroy was Rome’s top scorer, taking four points as Donald’s team regained the trophy, and later admitted that Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and himself felt emboldened to improve their chances. In total, they scored 10.5 of Europe’s 16.5 points.
He said: “They have had unbelievable Ryder Cup careers and the choices they have made. No one can take away the impact they have had on Europe over the years.
“But this week not having such big names in the team gave the other guys a chance to blossom and shine: Viktor, Jon and me. Some other great personalities did not occupy much space in this room. We are a young team.
“We can all grow together. Next time I could potentially be the oldest person on the team. It’s a new era. And a pretty good one at that.
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