The PGA of America and European Tour have confirmed postponement of the 2020 Ryder Cup by 12 months. The biennial assembly of Europe and the USA will stay in “odd” years after Whistling Straits hosts the following version from 24-26 September 2021.
Initially set to begin on 25 September this yr, well being and security issues regarding Covid-19 triggered the delay, revealed by the Guardian final week.
“Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was by no means going to be a straightforward determination given the numerous components to think about,” mentioned Europe’s captain, Padraig Harrington. “However I consider it’s the proper evaluation given the unprecedented circumstances we face right now.
“I do know, proper now, that September 2021 seems like a very long time away. However it can come round shortly and I assure that the European gamers and I can be prepared when it does.”
The announcement had been anticipated however was briefly delayed after talks over the Presidents Cup – the assembly of the US and worldwide group – which was as a consequence of happen subsequent yr. The occasion has additionally now been pushed again, to 2022, after an settlement with the PGA Tour.
“The choice to reschedule the Ryder Cup was made based mostly on steering from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, and along with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County, with the well being and wellbeing of all concerned as the highest precedence,” mentioned an announcement.
Regardless of hypothesis on the contrary, enjoying the Ryder Cup without spectators was never considered viable. The organisers harboured agency hope of the occasion happening in entrance of decreased galleries as just lately as Might.
Seth Waugh, the PGA of America’s chief govt, admitted the size of infrastructure wanted for a Ryder Cup means adequate discover needed to be given for postponement. “It turned clear that as of at present, our medical consultants and the general public authorities in Wisconsin couldn’t give us certainty that conducting an occasion responsibly with hundreds of spectators in September can be attainable,” Waugh added. “Provided that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the correct name.
“As disappointing as that is, our mandate to do all we will to safeguard public well being is what issues most. The spectators who assist each the US and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a singular and compelling occasion and enjoying with out them was not a practical possibility.”
Italy will host the Ryder Cup of 2023. Adare Manor in Eire will change into an unintentional beneficiary of date switches. The 2026 staging, pushed to 2027, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Ryder Cup.
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