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Ryder Cup will be postponed until 2021, report says

According to The Guardian newspaper of London, the coronavirus pandemic will claim another golf event this season

The Ryder Cup will be postponed until 2021 because of complications relating to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Monday by Ewan Murray in The Guardian newspaper of London.

The news comes on the same day that the PGA of America announced that its other big event, the PGA Championship, will be played without fans in August at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

The Ryder Cup, a biennial match between the top male professionals in Europe and the U.S., is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. A decision was expected by the end of this month. If the match, indeed, were to be pushed back a year, it would be the latest casualty in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The PGA of America would not comment when asked by about the report.

Many players in recent months have addressed the future of the 2020 Ryder Cup by saying they would prefer a postponement rather than playing the matches without fans. They cite the atmosphere of the Ryder Cup as a vital component to the biennial series.

In 2001, the Ryder Cup was postponed because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and since then has been held in even-numbered years. One potential problem could lie with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, which is held in alternating years from the Ryder Cup. The 2021 Presidents Cup is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

A similar report about the Ryder Cup’s pending postponement was published in March by James Corrigan in The Telegraph newspaper of London.

The U.S. leads the Ryder Cup series, 26-14-2. However, since continental Europe was added to the Great Britain & Ireland team in 1979 to form a united European team, the U.S. has trailed, 11-8-1. Europe has won four of the past five matches and seven of the past nine to dominate the series in the 21st century.

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