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Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits postponed to 2021

09 Jul 2020, 04:10 GMT+10

This year's Ryder Cup golf showdown between Europe and the United States was postponed to 2021 on Wednesday, becoming the latest major sports event disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most," PGA of America chief executive officer Seth Waugh said.

The postponement is the first for the Ryder Cup since 2001, when 11 September terrorist attacks upon New York and Washington prompted the matches to be delayed a year. The Cup also went unplayed from 1939-1945 due to World War II.

Guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local officials prompted the decision, with health considerations the top priority.

"We considered all options, including playing with a limited attendance, but all our stakeholders agreed this would dilute the magic of this great occasion," Europe's Ryder Cup director Guy Kinnings said.

Stricker, a Wisconsin native, agreed, saying, "While it is disappointing the Ryder Cup won't be played this year, the decision to reschedule is the right thing to do under the circumstances. Now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen."

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