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Whistling Straits aims for 'full attendance' at Ryder Cup

If the COVID-19 pandemic is under control by the fall, Destination Kohler hopes for 40,000-45,000 spectators daily at the matches

40,000-45,000: Target number of daily fans that Ryder Cup officials hope to be able to host during this year’s matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, Destination Kohler officials said Thursday in a conference call that was reported by Golfweek's Jason Lusk. Officials of the biennial event, which pits the American men against their counterparts from Europe, are banking on the COVID-19 pandemic being under control by the Sept. 24-26 dates. As the virus was spreading last spring, PGA of America officials decided to postpone the Ryder Cup from the fall of 2020 to this year. “There’s a lot of golf tournaments to be played between now and late September,” said Michael O’Reilly, the director of golf operations at Destination Kohler, which is home to four courses, including Whistling Straits. “We have the opportunity to learn a lot along the way, and as things change and evolve, for us to pivot. But as of right now, that’s what we’re hoping for, full attendance and full corporate hospitality.”

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