LOS ANGELES: The 2020 Ryder Cup will be postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN reported Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), saying an official announcement is expected Wednesday.
Citing a source not authorized to speak publicly, ESPN said the biennial match play showdown between the United States and Europe, scheduled for September 25 to 27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, will be delayed until a similar date in 2021.
“There will not be a Ryder Cup this year,” the source told the US sports news outlet.
“The Ryder Cup will go to 2021, the Presidents Cup to 2022, and then they will alternate from there.”
The PGA of America and European Tour are expected to release the information officially on Wednesday.
The news comes as no surprise in a sports year turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.
British newspapers The Telegraph and The Guardian reported weeks ago that the Ryder Cup would be postponed, although the PGA of America has declined to comment so far.
Golf, like virtually all professional sports, shut down in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The US PGA Tour has resumed play but has yet to admit spectators to tournaments.
The European Tour won’t resume until July 22, with Covid-19 testing and distancing in place and without spectators on the course.
But the Ryder Cup isn’t the only big Covid-19 casualty on the golf calendar.
The British Open, scheduled for July at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent, was canceled.
The Masters was pushed from April to November, the PGA Championship switched from May to August and the US Open moved from June to September.
The rescheduling of the Ryder Cup for 2021 will impact the Presidents Cup, the biennial match play contest between the United States and an International team from non-European countries.
ESPN reported that the Presidents Cup — scheduled for September 30 to October 3 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina — will now be held in 2022.