The 2020 Ryder Cup will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and played at the same venue in 2021 - a move which will see the event played in odd-numbered years from now on.
The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled, with the now-2021 edition scheduled for 21th -26th September 22-27 2021, at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
The Presidents Cup - a similar competition held between the USA and the Rest of the World - will now be moved to September 2022 to avoid a clash.
Organisers for the Ryder Cup have also confirmed that future editions of the tournament will be held in odd-numbered years from now on, with the next European Ryder Cup now scheduled for 2023 at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome.
“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,” said Guy Kinnings, Director, Ryder Cup Europe.
“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 move the dates of the Presidents Cup.
“We also thank NBC, Sky 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.”
PGA Of America CEO, Seth Waugh, said: “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.
“It became clear that 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. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.”
The Solheim Cup, featuring top golfers from the women’s game, is also scheduled for 4th - 6th September 2021. Organisers for that tournament have confirmed that it will not be moved and is set to go ahead as scheduled.