According to several news reports, the Ryder Cup will be postponed until 2021 due to Wisconsin state officials’ refusal to consider galleries for the late September matches at Whistling Straits.
To play the Ryder Cup without fans has been a hot topic of conversation over the past month. Several prominent players, including Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, have suggested the matches be canceled if fans were banned from the event.
This report follows last Monday’s news that the PGA Championship, scheduled for Aug. 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, would be contested without fans after the PGA’s COVID-19 plan was dismissed by the city’s health officials.
Additionally, the 3M Open announced that their request for “small galleries” at TPC Twin Cities in mid July was denied by the state of Minnesota.
A source, who’s embedded deep in golf and political circles, says that the U.S. Open, scheduled for Sep. 17-20 in New York, now has almost no chance for fan approval.
The Ryder Cup will reportedly remain in odd-numbered years following the anticipated postponement to 2021, with the Presidents Cup moving to even years.