The 2020 Ryder Cup isn’t scheduled to be played until the end of September, but according to a report from The Guardian, an announcement will be made next week stating that the biennial event will be postponed to 2021.
Golf Digest stated that it reached out for comment from PGA of America about the report and they did not refute it. It’s worth noting that they did refute a similar report about the event being postponed from The Telegraph not long ago.
The postponement of the event has been a rumor for months now along with the idea of playing it without any fans. Rory McIlroy was the first to publicly scorn the idea of playing the Ryder Cup without fans while many other players have followed suit. Brooks Koepka said that there would be ‘no point’ in playing the event without spectators. Simply put, a Ryde Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup.
With health and safety concerns to the fore – playing the biennial competition without spectators has never been a serious option – postponement is now seen as the most responsible solution. As recently as last month hopes had been raised that the Ryder Cup could take place. The relevant parties have considered the US and Europe facing off in front of reduced numbers, with around 25,000 per day mooted, but that is not now thought viable amid coronavirus concerns. Ongoing travel restrictions – such as quarantine – are also a factor, The Guardian stated.
If the event is indeed pushed to 2021 then the Ryder Cup will remain on ‘odd’ years with the next to be played in 2023 in Italy. There could be some scheduling tweaks to be made as well as the Presidents Cup is scheduled to be played next fall.