17,500 apply for Ryder Cup roles

The 2014 Ryder Cup organisers have been flooded with a record 17,500 applications for the 1,800 spots available to be a volunteer at next year's tournament.

The 1,800 volunteers needed for the championship at Gleneagles, Perthshire, have now been picked and were receiving official notification on Tuesday, said Ryder Cup Europe.

The greatest number of would-be volunteers came from Scotland, England, the United States, Wales and Ireland.

People from 27 countries have applied to work at the Ryder Cup since the volunteer programme was launched in February.

They are set to take up a range of roles both on and off the course including on course marshals, park and ride volunteers, crowd safety marshals and bus ambassadors.

They might also be working as programme and radio sales assistants, buggy shuttle drivers or as media centre or merchandise pavilion assistants.

"No golf tournament could exist without volunteers and that is especially true in terms of a competition of the size and magnitude of The Ryder Cup, so I thank them all for their participation," European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley said.

"Success in The Ryder Cup is all about great teamwork inside the ropes, but it is just as important to have great teamwork outside the ropes too, and I know we are set to have that at Gleneagles."

Along with their volunteering duties, every Ryder Cup volunteer is guaranteed at least a half-day of viewing time on course during each day of the competition.

Describing the level of volunteer applications as "unprecedented", 2014 Ryder Cup operations director Antonia Beggs said: "The process demonstrates the extraordinary appeal of The 2014 Ryder Cup, both in Scotland and throughout the rest of the world. It truly is a unique sporting event and people just want to play their part."