The Marco Simone golf and country club, situated 17km from the centre of Rome, will host the 2022 Ryder Cup.
With the tournament heading for France in 2018, it means that competition will have been out of Britain or Ireland for at least 12 years. It's a far cry from the days when the Belfry used to hold it every four years.
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, made this statement to accompany the announcement.
I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup. History has shown time and again that The Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars, and there is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf.
With Paris in 2018 and now Rome in 2022 being the respective host cities for Europe’s next two stagings of biennial contest against the United States, the magical appeal of The Ryder Cup is set to continue.
The next three Ryder Cups take place in Hazeltine in Minnesota next year, Le Golf National in France in 2018, and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020.
As for the Italian one, the chances of Constantino Rocca missing out on a at least a vice-captaincy are minimal.