One of the most iconic golf tournaments played between Europe and the US teams every two years. Will the Tournament takes place this year or we will see a delay due to COVID-19 like other sports? Let’s find out
The matches between the US and Europe were scheduled for 25-27 September this year, the event was to be held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. However, the event has been postponed until next year and will now take place on 24-26 September 2021.
The decision was made due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as chief of PGA of America Seth Waugh said: “The spectators make it a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option.” Due to COVID-19 large gathering aren’t allowed in the US hence if the tournament was held this year there would have been no spectators and in the words of Seth Waugh “A Ryder Cup with no fans is not a Ryder Cup,”
Delay In Other Tournaments
Every action has consequences and so did the postpone of this year’s Ryder Cup. It caused the Ryder Cup 2022 to be pushed back until 2023. Also, the Presidents Cup that was scheduled to take place in 2021 at Quail Hollow has now been pushed back to 2022 and take place in TPC Potomac while Quail Hollow will likely host Wells Fargo Championship in the spring of 2021.
The PGA Tour’s Commissioner Jay Monahan said “They did absolutely everything they could to play the Ryder Cup and play it with fans. When it was clear that was something they were unable to do, we came to the table and were about to reach the right outcome for players and fans.”
On the other hand in Italy where the Ryder Cup for 2023 is supposed to take place, the President of the Italian Golf Federation Franco Chimenti said that “We would have been ready (by 2022), and now we’ll be ready by 2023,” and he also added “We’re about to inaugurate the course. We don’t have problems.”
Many players agreed with the decision and one of the players, Stricker said. “At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all over Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen.”
Europe has won four times out of the last 5 Ryder Cup tournaments so will they win this time again or will the US take the Cup on their home ground we will find out next year!
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