Ryder Cup Postponed Until 2021, Presidents Cup Pushed Back as a Result


The 2020 Ryder Cup will be postponed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the PGA of America announced Wednesday.

The news was first reported Tuesday night by ESPN.

The biennial event was initially scheduled to take place September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The event will be delayed until September 21-26, 2021.

The decision will also result in the Presidents Cup being moved until 2022. The next Presidents Cup was set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina at Quail Hollow.

"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 in a statement. “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. 

“As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most. The spectators who support both the U.S. and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option. 

"While it is disappointing that the Ryder Cup won't be played this year, the decision to reschedule is the right thing to do under the circumstances,"U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker said. "At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen."

A number of players including European star Rory McIlroy had publicly voiced their concerns for a possible Ryder Cup, saying in May that, "The players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup. If they are not on board with it and don't want to play then there is no Ryder Cup. I see it being pushed back until 2021, and, honestly, I think that will be the right call."

As a result of the postponement, all subsequent Ryder Cups after Whistling Straits will also shift to odd years

As a result of the pandemic, a number of the PGA Tour's biggest events were rescheduled, including the U.S. Open, which is now September 17-20 and the Masters, will be held November 12-15.

The PGA Tour was among the first organized sports leagues to resume competition doing so on June 11 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Europe won the 2018 Ryder Cup over the United States by a score of 17 1/2 to 10 1/2.