Calls Mount To Move 43rd Ryder Cup Back To 2021

Two decades after tragedy saw the Ryder Cup put back a year and history could be set to repeat itself with this year’s biennial showdown moved back  twelve months to 2021.

This seems to be the growing call and more especially with September and October 2020 to be jam-packed with the hosting of postponed Majors.

First there was Paul Casey, a five-time capped European Team member, suggesting earlier this week he would prefer the 2020 Ryder Cup being put back a year:  “I am never a fan of postponing stuff but it’s been postponed before, so why can’t it happen again?”

Fellow Englishman and fellow 2018 teammate Tommy Fleetwood played a key role in Europe’s Versailles victory and he currently heads the ‘European’ points list table.

And Fleetwood is also backing calls to move the 43rd staging of the Ryder Cup back a year.

He said:  “It would be a shame and feel weird to have to wait for so long after the last Ryder Cup, but you just have to take whatever comes.

“And it would be fairer in qualification terms for it to be pushed back.

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, who was a member of Paul McGinley’s 2014 Gleneagles victorious team, also believes moving the event back to 202.

He said: “If this year’s Ryder Cup isn’t postponed, like it was in 2001 because of the 9/11 attacks, do they just go with a team based on the Ryder Cup points as they are at the moment, or what?

“I cannot see why the Ryder Cup Committee don’t just let (Padraig) Harrington just pick all 12 players.

“That’s what Tony Jacklin wanted to do and so did Colin Montgomerie at one stage.”

European Team qualifying started last September and is due to wind-up on Sunday 13th September and the close of the Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Two of the four Majors – the Masters and PGA Championship – have already been postponed and with the Masters, and should it be safe to go ahead, looking likely to be played from 8th to 11th October.

June’s US Open is in disarray after a New York Governor’s state-wide ‘Executive Order’ meant those working in setting up grandstands, corporate enclosures plus spectator facilities have been forced to down tools at the host Winged Foot course on Long Island.

The R & A advised the July 16th to 19th 149th Open will still ‘go ahead as planned’ and this seemingly was the same message at a crisis meeting on Wednesday morning, and in the hours after news the 2020 Summer Olympics were being postponed.

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