The chief executive of the European Tour said the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month.

Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. AP

American captain Steve Stricker says it would be “a crime” if the Ryder Cup is played without fans this September.

The PGA of America and the European Tour will decide this month whether the match will happen at Whistling Straits in Stricker’s home state of Wisconsin.

Stricker said: “This event is made by the fans. If it was without fans, it almost would be a yawner of an event.

“To cheat out the Wisconsin fans would be a crime. I hope when we do have it, it can be up to its full potential.”

The biennial match is scheduled for 25-27 September, with Europe as the defending champions. BBC

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