Scotland’s coffers may get £100m boost from Gleneagles Ryder Cup

A kiss for good luck Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The 2014 Ryder Cup could boost Scotland’s economy by £100 million, the national tourist board has predicted.

Describing the event as “one of the biggest sporting events on the planet,” chairman of VisitScotland Mike Cantlay said: “Alongside the Commonwealth Games and Homecoming Scotland, 2014 is Scotland’s chance to welcome the world.

“The 2014 Ryder Cup itself is expected to generate £100 million in direct economic impact to Scotland as a whole during the week of the event alone and much of that will benefit local businesses in Stirling given its proximity to Gleneagles.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to show what Perthshire, Stirling and Scotland as a whole has to offer visitors.

“Scotland will be in the shop window like never before and we very much hope local businesses and suppliers will embrace the Ryder Cup and ensure we see the benefits of this increased exposure on the world stage for years to come.”

Mr Cantley also welcomed the appointment of Paul McGinley as the European team captain, opposing American golfing legend Tom Watson.

“I’m sure Paul will prove to be a very popular captain with players and fans alike and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Scotland on his no doubt numerous visits between now and September 2014.

“He can certainly rely on the backing of Scotland.’’