The Ryder Cup scheduled for Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis., on Sept. 25-27 was postponed until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic that raised too much uncertainty whether the loudest event in golf could be played before spectators.
The announcement Wednesday was inevitable and had been in the works for weeks.
The Ryder Cup would have been played one week after the U.S. Open.
Now, it will move to Sept. 24-26 in 2021 and run in odd-numbered years instead of even. It's the second time in the past two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed. It was moved off the odd-numbered years in 2001 because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"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," PGA of America CEO Seth 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.
"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."
The Ryder Cup was set to come to the Twin Cities in 2028 but will now be pushed back a year. Hazeltine National president Bob Fasinski said the change doesn't alter the club's planning because it wouldn't have started for 2028 for a "couple more years" anyway and said 2029 "could be a positive thing" for scheduling because it moves the Ryder Cup to a non-Olympic year. Los Angeles has been awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics.
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staff and wire reports