The Ryder Cup was scheduled for September 25-27 at Whistling Straits, and because of a reconfigured golf schedule brought on by the pandemic, that would have been one week after the U.S. Open.
The Presidents Cup was scheduled for September 30-Oct.
However, the PGA of America has warned if the 2021 Ryder Cup can not proceed as they would envisage it would most likely be cancelled next year. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time.
"We have modelled what it means to have the Ryder Cup this year and we have done that into next year and we are confident we would weather the storm, whatever the storm is".
The Presidents Cup, is a match-play event contested between the United States and a team of non-European global golfers, was scheduled for Quail Hollow from September 30-Oct.
The PGA Tour in the U.S. has played four events behind closed doors following the shutdown enforced by coronavirus, despite a handful of positive tests, while the European Tour will resume on 22 July with the first of six successive United Kingdom events.
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This year's Ryder Cup will be postponed to 2021 and next year's Presidents Cup will also be moved back by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN reported on Tuesday. Italy will likely be happy to have another year to prepare as hosts for 2023, while at Adare Manor in Ireland they will be celebrating the fact that the 2027 match will be the centenary year. "Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision no about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits", Waugh said.
"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 Seth Waugh said in a statement. "We want to play a Ryder Cup in that environment, in that cauldron, and (postponing) is the right thing to do". European golfers are barred from the Presidents Cup. Although the tour has no stake in the Ryder Cup, its players are participants.
The US Open is to be played at Winged Foot in New York State from 17-20 September, with the Masters following from 12-15 November at Augusta National.
Pádraig Harrington, Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team, said: "Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration".
The biennial Ryder Cup, which pits a USA team against Europe, was scheduled to take place from 25-27 September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin but will instead be played in the same time frame next year.
"I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away but it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does". They need to hear them for themselves - that is what makes the Ryder Cup such an attractive proposition for them.