Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus after McIlroy and Co insist match cannot go on without fans

THE Ryder Cup has been postponed until subsequent 12 months.

Golf’s greatest occasion was due to happen at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, US, from September 25-27.

 Team Europe will now have to wait another year to play after the Ryder Cup was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic
Crew Europe will now have to wait one other 12 months to play after the Ryder Cup was pushed again due to the coronavirus pandemic

However a delay has at all times appeared probably because the coronavirus pandemic erupted.

And now it is going to be held on September 24-26 subsequent 12 months.

The organisers – the European Tour and the PGA of America – have been clinging to the hope that it might go forward behind closed doorways, similar to the primary 5 occasions on the PGA Tour’s reboot.

However PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh mentioned it was “clear” that medical doctors and public officers “could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators would be possible”.

The world’s prime gamers, led by Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka – each four-time Main champions – have argued that it could be pointless staging it without fans.

Koepka even threatened to boycott the occasion if spectators have been barred, whereas McIlroy known as for a postponement on a number of events.

It wouldn’t be an ideal spectacle. There could be no ambiance

Rory McIlroy

The world No 1 commented: “A Ryder Cup without fans will not be a Ryder Cup. If it got here to whether or not they had to select between not taking part in the Ryder Cup of taking part in it without fans, I’d say simply delay it a 12 months.

“And that’s from a European, taking part in in America, understanding that I’m going to get abuse.

“Clearly it could be higher for Europeans to play without fans in a method, as a result of we wouldn’t take care of among the stuff that you’ve got to put up with.

“However on the identical time, it wouldn’t be an ideal spectacle. There could be no ambiance.”

Koepka was much more scathing about the opportunity of a fan-free Ryder Cup.

 McIlroy and Koepka both spoke out strongly against holding a Ryder Cup without fans
McIlroy and Koepka each spoke out strongly towards holding a Ryder Cup without fansCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
 Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington is Europe's captain
Three-time Main winner Padraig Harrington is Europe’s captainCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation

He mentioned: “I personally don’t want to play if there’s no fans. I don’t see a point in playing it.”

The Ryder Cup has been delayed as soon as earlier than – within the wake of the 9/11 atrocities in September 2001. It went forward a 12 months later, and has been performed in even-numbered years ever since.

One advantage of a everlasting change again to the odd numbered years is that Europe would host the occasion when it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2027.

Rome will host the subsequent Ryder Cup in Europe in 2023.

The Ryder Cup normally attracts round 50,000 spectators a day.



Pushing the occasion again to subsequent September might enable a return to these crowds – though there are not any ensures all the things can be again to regular by then.

At the very least the organisers have given themselves some respiratory house.

However the 2021 Ryder Cup can have to take its place in a crowded 2021 schedule that additionally consists of the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and the Presidents Cup – which has additionally been knocked again a 12 months.

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THE Ryder Cup has been postponed until subsequent 12 months.