The organizers of the Ryder Cup 2020 held out as long as they could, but in the end it looks like they are about to give up. The competition between the best golfers in the USA and the best European golfers was scheduled frmo 25 to 27 September 2020 in Whistling Straits, in Wisconsin.
However, the board of the historical competition is about to announce postponement to next year due to the global pandemic. According to the Guardian, the decision has been made, but so far there is no official statement, neither from the board of the Ryder Cup, neither from the European Tour or from the American PGA, It was assumed to play without crowds or at best with a small number of people allowed on the course.
The access of a few thousand people was thought, compared to the expected seventy thousand, but in the USA the pandemic is bringing the country to its knees, with states that are still or again in lockdown.
The situation of golf competitions in USA nad Europe
The growing numbers seem to have advised the organizers against organizing the expected event.
In recent days, the players had unanimously expressed themselves against the idea of playing without crowds, because the Ryder Cup without the crowd would have made no sense. This decision now opens the door to the postponement of the following edition, scheduled in Rome in 2022, on the Marco Simone route.
The postponement would make it possible to get to the completion of the works more safely, especially those related to traffic, because the field improvement activities are already well advanced. The global pandemic has stopped golfing worldwide for months.
And while in the United States the players have been back on the field for a couple of weeks, in Europe everything is still stopped and it will not start again for twenty days with two matches in Austria and then with six appointments in Great Britain.
Too little even to draw up rankings too. Instead, the PGA Championship, the first Major of 2020 of men's golf, scheduled in San Francisco from 6 to 9 August, should flock without a crowd, even if the new contagions and the new restrictions in California could change the situation.
The 3M Open, PGA Tour event, will also be played without crowds from 23 to 26 July in Blaine, Minnesota, but much will depend on the progress of the virus in the coming weeks.