Ryder Cup postponed to 2021
The 43rd Ryder Cup is now scheduled to be played from September 24-26, 2021 at Whistling Straits
The 44th Ryder Cup in Italy will now move back to 2023 and all subsequent contests will move back to odd-numbered years.
After much collaboration between The PGA of America, The European Tour and the PGA Tour, it was also confirmed that the Presidents Cup will revert back to even-numbered years, with next year’s event at Quail Hollow moved back to September 2022.
European Ryder Cup director, Guy Kinnings, said: “The Ryder Cup is rightly celebrated as one of the world’s greatest sporting occasions, made special and totally unique in our sport by the fervent atmosphere created by the passionate spectators of both sides.
“While that point is significant, it is not as important as the health of the spectators which, in these difficult times, is always the main consideration. We considered all options including playing with a limited attendance but all our stakeholders agreed this would dilute the magic of this great occasion.
“We therefore stand beside our partners at the PGA of America in the decision to postpone The Ryder Cup for a year and join with them in extending our thanks to the PGA Tour for their willingness to help by moving the date of the Presidents Cup.
“We also thank NBC, Sky Sports and our many broadcast partners around the globe, in addition to the worldwide partners of this great event, whose support and commitment are second to none.”
“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,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.
“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.