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Spieth, Koepka endorse pushing Ryder Cup to '21 if no fans

por Bobbye Hillier (02/07/2020)

Jordan Spieth believes players would support a decision to postpone the Ryder Cup to 2021 if the alternative was to play this year's event as scheduled, but without fans, in Wisconsin.

The Ryder Cup matches scheduled to be held Sept.
25-27 in Wisconsin will be postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Guardian of London reported Monday.

"I think the Ryder Cup would be very difficult without fans. I think if players voted to have it without fans or to be able to postpone one year, two years or whatever it may be to allow for fans, I think that they would go for postponement," Spieth said Tuesday in a break in preparations for the Travelers Championship.

"I think it would be everybody would vote for postponement, especially the Americans being on home soil.

"The tricky part is then you go into a Presidents Cup year, and so I think -- I know for a fact that's not certain yet. Those are rumors. But I know that the one thing I would say about it is that I would rather wait and play with fans than play without fans and force a Ryder Cup this year."

An official announcement regarding the event at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., is expected to come next week, The Guardian reported.

"The Ryder Cup is so much different than any other golf tournament, it's a true sporting event," Brooks Koepka said Tuesday. "Yes, the majors are special, the majors are something that we love to do, and it's our focus, our whole year is kind of built around it.

But at the same time, if the Ryder Cup is put back to 2021 just because of fans, I think that's the right move. The Ryder Cup doesn't have the same feel. You see it out here. You're not going to see guys really fist pumping. You're not going to see that same energy level.
I know the fans think that it's going to be the exact same, but it's not.

"You're not going to have people cheering on the first tee. It's just not the same. You look at the soccer matches that are going on right now; the Premier League is back, everybody is back, it just doesn't feel the exact same as when you've got the whole stadium chanting or the first tee everybody getting riled up or you know exactly what's happening two groups ahead because people are screaming and hollering. It's a different sporting event than what we're used to, and I think the fans are a crucial part of that, and I think they should wait."

The move also would have a permanent effect on the Ryder Cup schedule, per the Guardian, with the biennial matches moved to odd-numbered years moving forward.

The 2001 Ryder Cup was postponed because of 9/11, resetting the event schedule to even-numbered years.

The 2022 event, scheduled for tour trung quoc Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, would be moved to 2023. The next U.S. home series after Whistling Straits would occur in 2025 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.
The 2026 event, set for Adare Manor in Ireland, would instead be held in 2027 -- the year of the Ryder Cup's 100th anniversary.

--Field Level Media