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Ryder Cup captains support decision to postpone 2020 event

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This year's Ryder Cup is set to be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

Meanwhile, there has been a knock-on effect from the rescheduling with next September's Presidents Cup - between the USA and a Rest of the World team - at Quail Hollow also now postponed for a year.

The rescheduling of the Ryder Cup for 2021 will impact the Presidents Cup, the biennial match play contest between the United States and an global team from non-European countries.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in May that he wouldn't be bothered by the Ryder Cup going to 2021 as long as it didn't affect the Solheim dates.

"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'".

A planned 2021 Presidents Cup between a United States squad and the non-European Internationals team at Quail Hollow will be delayed until 22-25 September 2022, with a Ryder Cup in Rome pushed back a year to 2023. It's a spectacle rarely seen in the staid world of golf, and the thought of the golfers playing amid silence - as they have been doing since the PGA Tour restarted play after its coronavirus hiatus - did not generate much interest.

With the decision to play the 2020 Ryder Cup in September 2021, all subsequent Ryder Cups after Whistling Straits will also shift to odd years: 2023/Marco Simone Golf and Country Club (Rome, Italy); 2025/Bethpage Black (Farmingdale, New York); 2027/Adare Manor (County Limerick, Ireland); 2029/Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota); 2031/Europe (to be determined); 2033/The Olympic Club (San Francisco); 2035/Europe (to be determined); 2037/Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Maryland). It's the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed. Unlike the restart of the PGA TOUR schedule, which hasn't allowed for any fans on-site - and won't for at least the first seven tournaments - the Ryder Cup is fueled by boisterous, patriotic crowds and many potential competitors expressed passionate disdain for playing the event without fans.

"As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most. We want to play a Ryder Cup in that environment, in that cauldron, and (postponing) is the right thing to do". The tournament was pushed back a year, and the Presidents Cup followed.

The PGA Tour events were also scheduled for the weeks of the U.S. Open (Sept. 17-20) and the Masters (Nov. 12-15). "But it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does".

Twelve months ago the Irish Cabinet signed off on a proposal that will pave the way for the Ryder Cup golf to be held in Limerick. The Ryder Cup will now take that window, with the Presidents Cup moving to 2022 and the next Ryder Cup, scheduled for September 30-Oct.

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