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Ryder Cup Postponed Until 2021 to Accommodate Fans

  • July 09, 2020

The 2020 Ryder Cup, a biennial international men’s golf competition that dates to the 1920s, was postponed until next year on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. The P.G.A. of America, which conducts the team event contested between players from the United States and Europe, said the competition, scheduled for Sept. 25 to 27, would instead be held on Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, 2021, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., which was slated to host this year’s competition.

“Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” Seth Waugh, the P.G.A. of America’s chief executive, said. “It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible.”

The event, which alternates between sites in the United States and Europe, is famed for its boisterous, partisan crowds that create a raucous atmosphere distinctive in golf. With spectators being prohibited from golf tournaments around the world this summer, the prospect of a Ryder Cup without fans had moved virtually the entire golf community to call for the event to be delayed a year.

Postponing this year’s Ryder Cup will have a domino effect on golf’s schedule of international competitions with the Presidents Cup, golf matches between golfers from the United States and a team of players representing the rest of the world minus Europe, moving to the fall of 2022. The 2022 Ryder Cup scheduled for Rome, will be held instead in 2023. Rearranging the events took cooperation from multiple golf entities, including the PGA Tour, which conducts the Presidents Cup.

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