18 March 2020

No plans to postpone September's Ryder Cup despite coronavirus concerns

Senior authorities in European and US golf have denied claims that the 2020 Ryder Cup will be postponed.

Ryder Cup Europe and USA both released statements on Twitter quashing Tuesday's reports that the tournament would be moved to 2021.

A senior figure at the European Tour  told BBC Sport : "At this stage there literally is nothing more for us to say. It would be wrong to speculate." 

European captain Padraig Harrington remains hopeful that the event will go ahead as planned and mocked the apparent 'fake news'.

Speaking to Today FM, he said: "September is a long way off so there's no change to the situation at all at this stage.

"I know there's been some rumours and they had to put out a statement to say there's been no change, but there's definitely no change.

"I'm on the inside of these things. Normally you're looking at 'anonymous source says this...' but now that I'm on the inside you go 'wow, it really is made-up stuff'.

"There was a big announcement [on Tuesday] by the PGA Tour about events being cancelled until May and now the PGA Championship has been postponed as well, so that's as far as they've gotten - until the middle of the May is where they've taken steps to."

The LPGA have already called off the women's season for the foreseeable future, while the first two men's majors of the year - the Masters and PGA Championship - have already been postponed.

Harrington's European team are aiming to defend the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 25-27, having won in emphatic style (17½-10½) in 2018.

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