The Ryder Cup 2020 is perhaps the last item on everybody’s minds immediately, but when it involves golf, it’s nearly always one among the primary things on mine. It’s been one of the first reasons I used to be so looking forward to golf in 2020.
It has been four years since I’ve attended a Ryder Cup on American soil. Four years that felt like 14. It’s — in my opinion — the best experience in sports.
The Ryder Cup is counting on how you view it — probably the third-biggest event in any given golf year, at worst. Financially, it’s maybe even more important than that for the entities involved. And, therefore, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has raised some questions, concerns, and thoughts I even have round the event being played in September 2020 at Whistling Straits because it was scheduled.
Let’s get to those.
1. New year, new cup? There are many rumors and reports that the Ryder Cup goes to be floated to an equivalent date (end of September) in 2021 at Whistling Straits. While this creates myriad logistical issues, it isn’t unprecedented. The 2001 Ryder Cup, which was scheduled to be played in Europe, was postponed a full year to 2002, which is why we now play the event in even-numbered years.
The organizations involved have refuted these reports because the event remains six months away, but it’s pretty easy to see the bump, especially with the Olympics planning on doing an equivalent.
2. On the opposite hand: Having a Ryder Cup during a non-Olympics year would be ideal. it isn’t good to play the Olympics, four majors, a FedEx Cup and a Ryder Cup within six months. a touch spacing — albeit it’s just getting the Olympics and Ryder Cup far away from one another — would be an honest thing for everybody involved. this would possibly not affect most golfers, but it does affect you — the golf fan — who gets overloaded with tournaments during this period of your time.
3. Fan-less Ryder Cup? I’d rather them move it to 2021. You’ll play NBA games without fans. You’ll play Honda Classics without fans. you’ll probably even play college football games without fans. You cannot play a Ryder Cup without fans. It might be like trying to start out a fireplace by scraping a waterlogged match against the side of a matchbox. The thought of tens of thousands of individuals piled on top of 1 another is that the primary reason I do not think this event is going to be played in six months and why it should not be if you’ll only hold it without attendees.
4. We are the world: With the Olympics postponed, I could envision a scenario during which the Ryder Cup may be a celebration of a worldwide defeat of this pandemic. Again, this is often a best-case scenario. But how cool wouldn’t it be at the opening ceremony for Italy, Spain, Northern Ireland, England and therefore the U.S. to be locked arm in arm able to combat one another, having already defeated COVID-19 during a far greater battle with much higher stakes? How tuned in would the planet — not just the golf world — be to that? That’s my hope anyway, one that does not seem likely but is certainly something to dream about as we head into April with no golf on the horizon.