There are not any plans yet to postpone this September’s Ryder Cup until next season, despite reports indicating such a move will probably be
A senior figure in the European Tour has advised BBC Sport the post from the Daily Telegraph “was inaccurate”.
The origin included: “At this stage there literally is nothing more for us to say. It would be wrong to speculate.”
Ryder Cup USA had tweeted reports the contest “is expected to be postponed are inaccurate”.
Padraig Harrington’s European staff are expected to shield against the Ryder Cup from the United States, headed by Steve Stricker, in Whistling Straits at Wisconsin from 25-27 September.
The men’s golf calendar was thrown into chaos with all the postponement of their first two majors of the year; following month Masters and May’s PGA Championship in Harding Park at San Francisco.
Hotel action in Augusta, Georgia suggests sailors are getting ready for the Masters to be rescheduled for 2 -11 October however there’s been no official word from organisers.
The PGA of America is considering possible August dates to perform with the US PGA but that may be dependant on what happens with the Tokyo Olympics.
Delaying that the Ryder Cup could alleviate inevitable calendar congestion if specialist golf can restart in the forthcoming months. It would also return the generally biennial game to strange years at the calendar.
The change to years followed that the postponement of this 2001 match in the Belfry in the aftermath of the 9/11 strikes in america. Ever because the Ryder Cup was played at the very same years as Olympic Games and soccer World Cups.
Breaking free from this cycle has to be appealing as it might signify the matches wouldn’t be overshadowed by the largest sporting contests on Earth.
The Ryder Cup is golf’s biggest event. It appears a decision with this season’s game needs to be made earlier rather than later, provided the high degree of the build until the competition commercially and in playing conditions.
Qualifying procedures for the 2 teams are in tatters awarded the lack of championships.
Delaying that the Ryder Cup for 12 months could have knock on effects for the women’s Solheim Cup, that is next due to be performed 2021.
‘This will be the year of an asterisk’
The LPGA, meanwhile, has closed down their period for the near future. Commissioner Mike Whan is contemplating staging events with patrons doubling up and discussing the financing of occasions when play resumes.
“Could you have two sponsors come together in one event, so instead of playing each event for $1.5m (£1.26m), you’re playing one event for $2.8m (£2.36m)?” Whan stated to GolfChannel.com. “Yeah, I think you could.”
The first women’s major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, has been called off. Whan is considering all options to place the women’s schedule back on track whenever possible.
“This will be the year of an asterisk. There’s no getting around that. To say we have always done something a certain way is no longer a suitable response.
“Everything is about the table”