2020 Ryder Cup to move to 2021
It has been rescheduled for Sept. 21-26, 2021
KOHLER, Wis. (WBAY) - It’s official. The Ryder Cup has been postponed one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 43rd annual golf tournament was scheduled for Sept. 22-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. It has been rescheduled for Sept. 21-26, 2021.
The decision was made based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in conjunction with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County.
“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,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “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. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.”
“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 European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option. We stand united with our partners from Ryder Cup Europe, the NBC Sports Group, Sky and our other broadcast partners around the world. We look forward to delivering the Ryder Cup’s renowned pageantry, emotion and competitive drama to a global audience in 2021.”
The Ryder Cup brings together elite golfers from the United States and Europe.
The PGA of America will contact people who have purchased tickets through the Ryder Cup website for refunds for those who cannot attend in 2021. Those who purchased tickets on the secondary market will need to contact that site about refunds. The PGA cannot offer refunds for secondary sites.
The Ryder Cup set for Whistling Straits in September is moving to September 2021, according to a report Tuesday night by ESPN.
The PGA of America and European Tour are expected to make the announcement on Wednesday. This move had been speculated for months, as more and more players said they didn’t want to play if fans were not allowed, which seemed very likely. Fans make the Ryder Cup the event what it is, with raucous crowds making for an electric atmosphere unlike other golf events.
With the Ryder Cup moving to 2021, the Presidents Cup – a similar event featuring the United States against a non-European international team – will move to 2022, and they will alternate from there.
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