Ryder Cup Postponed To 2021, Presidents Cup To 2022
he Ryder Cup has been postponed to 2021, with the Presidents Cup also being pushed back to 2022, the PGA Tour announced.
The move comes as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt sporting calendars around the world, and with organisers’ hopeful the event can now take place with crowds in attendance next year.
PGA of America CEO, Seth Waugh, said the decision was made with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with local government officials.
“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,” Waugh 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.
“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 U.S. and Europeans sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option,” he said.
PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, said the organisation is in support of the postponement of both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
“With the uncertainty of the current climate, we fully support the Ryder Cup’s decision to delay a year in order to ensure fans could be a part of the incredible atmosphere in Wisconsin,” Monahan said.
“And the delay of next year’s Presidents Cup was the right decision in order to allow for that option,” he said.
European team captain, Padraig Harrington, said the move was essential to ensure the Ryder Cup maintains its connection to golf fans.
“Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration,” Harrington said.
“But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time.
“When you think of the Ryder Cup, you think of the distinctive atmosphere generate 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.
“I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away.
“But it will come around quickly, and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does,” he said.
The move to postpone both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup has caused a knock-on effect for the next iteration of the Ryder Cup in Italy, which has also been postponed a year to 2023, to ensure the competition retains its biennial schedule.