What do you call a fanless Ryder Cup?
“Not a Ryder Cup,” said Rory McIlroy.
Speaking during an Instagram Live session sponsored by TaylorMade Golf, the European team said it would prefer that the 2020 games, scheduled for September 25-27, be postponed until 2021 rather than being played at Whistling Straits without fans.
“This is from a European, going to America, knowing that I will be abused,” said McIlroy. “Obviously, it would be better for Europeans to play without fans because we wouldn’t be dealing with some of the things you have to endure, but at the same time, it wouldn’t be a big show. There would be no atmosphere.
“So if it was a question of choosing not to play the Ryder Cup or to play it without fans, I would just say to delay it by a year. “
McIlroy’s comments come after PGA CEO Seth Waugh discussed the possibility of a fanless Ryder Cup when he appeared on a WFAN radio show on Sunday.
“It’s hard to imagine a fanless one,” said Waugh. “We started to wonder if you could create a virtual fan experience, and we will try to be as creative as possible. His [still] to determine, frankly, if you can keep it without fans or not. “
“… I’m not suggesting [not allowing fans] doesn’t change the experience, but in the Ryder Cup [fans are] particularly important. We will be very careful about this. It’s a very unique thing. “