The 2020 Ryder Cup has been pushed back by a year, meaning that Adare Manor will now host the event in 2027 rather than 2026.
The news that the 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed was confirmed this afternoon, with a statement that says: 'The 43rd Ryder Cup, scheduled for September 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.'
The lengthy communication goes on to say that 'with the decision to play the 2020 Ryder Cup in September 2021, all subsequent Ryder Cups after Whistling Straits will also shift to odd years: 2023/Marco Simone Golf and Country Club (Rome, Italy); 2025/Bethpage Black (Farmingdale, New York); 2027/Adare Manor (County Limerick, Ireland); 2029/Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota); 2031/Europe (to be determined); 2033/The Olympic Club (San Francisco); 2035/Europe (to be determined); 2037/Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Maryland).'
— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) July 8, 2020
Last year, Adare Manor was confirmed as the 2026 host of the biennial competition between top golfers from Europe and the United States. Dubliner Padraig Harrington was due to captain the European team at the 2020 event at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. He will now do so in 2021.
Speaking about today's news, Guy Kinnings, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director, said: “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.
“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."
Today's full statement released by the PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA Tour can be found here.
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