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When has the Ryder Cup been rescheduled for?

 

The 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed and will now be rescheduled for 24-26th September 2021.

The event between the United States and Europe was due to be held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on 25-27th September this year; however, safety measures have kept fans from attending events.

Despite the lack of fans present, the PGA Tour resumed competition in June and the European Tour returns on the 9th July at the Austrian Open.

 

In April, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh confirmed his organisation was exploring the prospect of a fan-less Ryder Cup. However, players from both sides were vocal in their opposition to hosting an event without spectators.

Waugh announced: “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,

“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. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call.

“As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most.

“The spectators who support both the US and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option.”

European Captain Padraig Harrington said rescheduling the tournament was the correct decision.

Three-time major winner, Harrington, said: “When you think of the Ryder Cup, you think of the distinctive atmosphere generated by the spectators, such as around the first tee at Le Golf National two years ago.

“If that cannot be responsibly recreated at Whistling Straits in September, then it is correct that we all wait until it can be.”

With the cancellation, the Ryder Cup will now return to an “odd year” cadence, which is how the event was held from its founding in 1927 until 1999. The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States delayed the 2001 event until 2002, and it has stayed on an even-year system since.

The postponement also means The Presidents Cup has been moved from the 30th September – 3rd October 2021 to the 23-25th September 2022.

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A lifelong interest in watching and playing sport led Matt to study Sports Journalism at Solent University, graduating in 2019 with a broken nose after a hockey mishap. However, golf is his primary passion. As a junior, he held a scratch handicap, played for county and was Junior Club Captain. Matt has interviewed a number of influential figures within golf as well as working with the R&A and writing for Golf Monthly.

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