Ryder Cup 2020 set to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic with iconic tournament between Europe and the USA due to be held at Whistling Straits put back 12 months to September 2021
- The Ryder Cup is set to be postponed due to coronavirus, according to reports
- The biennial golf tournament was due to be held September 25-27 in Wisconsin
- But ESPN claim it will be put back by 12 months, hopefully allowing fans to attend
- Europe are the reigning champions after beating the Americans in Paris in 2018
The biennial golf tournament between a European team and the United States is due to be held between September 25 and 27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
But, according to ESPN, it will be delayed and will take place in the same time frame next year. The 2022 edition to be held in Rome will also be pushed back by 12 months.
This year’s Ryder Cup is set to be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic
The biennial event was due to be held September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin
With fans unlikely to be able to attend the Ryder Cup if it went ahead this year due to the current restrictions in place caused by Covid-19, several prominent players, including world number one Rory McIlroy, have urged officials to postpone it.
World number one McIlroy said: ‘A Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup.
‘It wouldn’t be a great spectacle, there’d be no atmosphere, so if it came to whether they had to choose between not playing the event or playing it without fans, I would say just delay it a year and play it in 2021.
“Obviously it would be better for the Europeans to play without fans because we wouldn’t have to deal with some of the stuff you have to put up with, but at the same time it’s not a Ryder Cup.’
Rory McIlroy called for the Ryder Cup to be postponed because it is not the same without fans
Jordan Spieth and his fellow Americans had been hoping to regain the trophy on home soil
Europe are the current holders of the Ryder Cup, having beaten the United States 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
The golf season has been completely ravaged by the pandemic with the Charles Schwab Challenge the first PGA tournament of the campaign taking place in June.
Three of this year’s four golf majors have been postponed, while The Open Championship has been cancelled.
More to follow.