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Ryder Cup postponed until next year at Whistling Straits

WHISTLING STRAIGHTS, Wis. (AP/WAOW) - With no guarantee of fans, there won't be a Ryder Cup this year.  

The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup has been pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now take place Sept. 21-26, 2021 at Whistling Straits in Kohler.

The PGA Tour still hasn't allowed spectators at its events, and no other golf tournament is dependent on partisan cheering like the Ryder Cup.  

After working with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, the decision was reached to move the Ryder Cup to Sept. 24-26 in 2021. That means the Presidents Cup will return to even-numbered years starting in 2022 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.

The Junior Ryder Cup will also be rescheduled for Sept. 20-21, 2021 in Wauwatosa.

2020 Ryder Cup ticket purchased through rydercup.com are valid for the corresponding day(s) in 2021.

“Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible."

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

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