Limerick's Ryder Cup at Adare Manor put back by 12 months

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One of golf's greatest global showcases, the Ryder Cup, will be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from ESPN's Bob Harig.

The Ryder Cup's just not the Ryder Cup without fans, and that likely ended up playing a factor in the decision to postpone.

Postponing the tournament a year wasn't a matter of simply pushing everything back a year, Harig reports.

For Ryder Cup qualifying, both the United States and European teams will revisit their respective selection processes in the near future.

The PGA Tour recently resumed without fans in attendance.

"The spectators who support both the USA and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option". Since 1979, when the competition's current iteration took effect, Europe holds an 11-8-1 record against the U.S.

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The return to odd-numbered years means Bethpage Black near NY will host in 2025 and the 100th anniversary edition of the Ryder Cup will be played at Ireland's Adare Manor in 2027.

It was to have been at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan in late September. 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. "I see it being pushed back until 2021, and, honestly, I think that will be the right call".

"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, " PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said.

The first four qualifiers for Team Europe will come from the European Points list, the next five from the World Points list and captain Padraig Harrington will then have three wildcard picks.

"However, while that is the case, notable performances will still very much count in my considerations for picks as I maintain a keen interest in the form of all possible Ryder Cup team members in tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic".

Fans are noticeably more involved and play a significant role in the Ryder Cup experience.

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The Presidents Cup, meanwhile, is operated by the PGA Tour, so the Ryder Cup had to coordinate the moves with that organization.

Among those who maintained they'd rather postpone than play with no spectators are European team stalwarts Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, plus Brooks Koepka of the USA team.

The British Open, scheduled for this month at Royal St George's Golf Club in Kent, was cancelled.

The Presidents Cup change means the US PGA's Wells Fargo Championship will be played next year at Quail Hollow but move to TPC Potomac in suburban Washington DC in 2022 while the team event is played at the Charlotte, North Carolina, layout.

It is expected that Steve Stricker and Thomas Bjorn will remains captains of the US and European teams, respectively.

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