The Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits postponed to 2021, the Presidents Cup to 2022 in the context of a coronavirus pandemic

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One of the main golf events, the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits has officially been postponed to 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic for health and safety reasons, as well as the likelihood that fans could not attend the biennial battle between the United States and Europe.

The PGA of America, the Ryder Cup of Europe and the PGA Tour jointly announced on Wednesday that the Ryder Cup – originally scheduled for September 22-27, 2020, at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin – will now be held in the same location in September. 21-26, 2021. Thereafter, the Presidents Cup will take place as scheduled at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina, but will now be played from September 19 to 25, 2022.

“Unlike other major sporting events taking place in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now on building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said the PGA of America CEO. Seth Waugh in a statement. “It has become clear that today our medical experts and public authorities in Wisconsin cannot give us the certainty that holding an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given the uncertainty, we knew that postponing the date was the right choice. …

“As disappointing as it is, our mandate to do everything in our power to protect public health is what matters most. The spectators who support the American and European teams make the Ryder Cup such a unique and captivating event. it is not a realistic option. … We look forward to delivering the renowned Ryder Cup show, emotion and competitive drama to a global audience in 2021. ”

Ryder Cup qualifications for American and European teams will be reviewed with selection processes that may change before the 2021 event.

As the Ryder Cup is now officially moved to 2021, the following Ryder Cups will now be played in odd-numbered years to maintain a distance of two years between events. The 2023 event will take place at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome with the return of the Ryder Cup to the United States in 2025 at the Bethpage Black in New York.

There was previously speculation that the event could be played in consecutive years so that the European tour, which makes a large part of its income from this event, can stay on a more consistent cycle.

“These two leading international team events are driven by the spirit of the fans. With the uncertainty of the current climate, we fully support the Ryder Cup’s decision to postpone it for one year to ensure that fans can be part of the incredible atmosphere of Wisconsin. and the delay in this year’s Presidents Cup was the right decision to allow this option, “said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

Golfers around the world were asked if the Ryder Cup should be played if fans were not allowed to attend, and they flatly rejected the idea since spectators play such an important role in the atmosphere of the event. Many insisted that it would be ridiculous to organize a Ryder Cup in such conditions.

« [It’s] not a Ryder Cup [without fans]. It comes from a European, going to America, knowing that I will be deceived, “said Rory McIlroy in April. Obviously, it would be better for Europeans to play without fans because we wouldn’t be dealing with certain things that 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 say to delay it by a year. ”

“A Ryder Cup without supporters is not a Ryder Cup,” Waugh said Wednesday.

The last time the Ryder Cup was canceled was in 2001 after the World Trade Center bombing in New York City. This Ryder Cup was scheduled to be played later in September 2001 at Belfry, but has been postponed for 12 months. In this case, the players and captains who had already been selected for 2001 were kept for 2002. At this stage, it is not known how the qualification will evolve for 2021.

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