COVID-19 Cases

Rory McIlroy believes the Ryder Cup is unlikely to take place this year

Image:-Rory McIlroy believes the Ryder Cup should be postponed until 2021 AFP/Paul ELLIS

World number one Rory McIlroy believes that this year's Ryder Cup is unlikely to take place, and postponing the biennial match play event to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic would be a good call to make.

The coronavirus outbreak has decimated the golf calendar, with three of the four majors of the sport rescheduled, and the British Open cancelled.

The Ryder Cup is scheduled to be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from Sept. 25-27 but fans will almost certainly be asked not to attend.

"My personal hunch is that I don't see how that will happen, so I don't think it's going to happen," McIlroy, 31, told BBC.

"I think most players want to see it pushed back to 2021 so they can play in front of crowds and have the atmosphere which makes the Ryder Cup so special.

"The players which make the Ryder Cup are the ones. If they aren't with it on board and don't want to play then there's no Ryder Cup. I see it pushed back to 2021 and, honestly, I think that's going to be the right call.'

McIlroy previously said that the absence of spectators would ruin the Ryder Cup spectacle, while Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington admitted that it would be for the greater good of the sport for this year's event to take place even with empty galleries.

Professional golf has been suspended since March but, with the Charles Schwab Challenge in June, the PGA Tour hopes to resume its season.

Article Edited by | John Heine |

Jhon is an incredibly talented freelance writer. He has been working of about 18 months as a reporter for some internet based print-based newspapers. He brings together significant news reports from the Technology and entertainment areas. we hope you're doing well if you see any inappropriate phrases please let us know on our contact page at the bottom. thank you!    .