Rory McIlroy sure the Ryder Cup will be moved back to 2021 under pressure from players not to lose the unique atmosphere of the biennial event behind closed doors. “data-reactid =” 23 “> London (AFP) – Rory McIlroy believes the Ryder Cup will be moved back to 2021 under pressure from players not to lose the unique atmosphere of the biennial event behind closed doors.
The corona virus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the golf calendar with three US-based majors moving to later that year and the British Open being canceled.
The Ryder Cup is still scheduled for September 25-27 in Wisconsin, but viewers will almost certainly not be allowed to attend if it continues.
“I think most players want to see it pushed back until 2021 so they can play in front of the atmosphere they want to play,” McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland.
“They want to play in front of the crowd, which makes the Ryder Cup so special.
“In the end, it’s the players who make the Ryder Cup and if they don’t want to play there is no Ryder Cup.
“I see it being pushed back to 2021 and honestly I think it will be the right call.”
European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has previously warned his players that they may have to sacrifice the pleasure of playing in front of the crowd for the good of golf fans watching at home.
“The players don’t want it but we might have to take one for the world of team sports and put on an event where people can watch,” Harrington said earlier this month.
“It won’t be the same for us but we crave sports on TV.”
McIlroy faces a busy end of the year with the PGA Tour going back from June 11.
The PGA, US Open and Masters championships will follow in August, September and November, but McIlroy is still disappointed that the Open is not also rescheduled.
“I am equally disappointed with others that The Open was canceled this year,” he added.
“I think it would be a good date in September if we could play it.”
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