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Ryder Cup: US captain Steve Stricker says event ‘a yawn’ without fans


Steve Stricker (left) and Padraig Harrington are set to lead the US and Europe teams at the 2020 Ryder Cup in September

American captain Steve Stricker says it would be “a crime” if the Ryder Cup is played without fans this September.

The PGA of America and the European Tour will decide this month whether the match will happen at Whistling Straits in Stricker’s home state of Wisconsin.

Stricker said: “This event is made by the fans. If it was without fans, it almost would be a yawner of an event.

“To cheat out the Wisconsin fans would be a crime. I hope when we do have it, it can be up to its full potential.”

The biennial match is scheduled for 25-27 September, with Europe as the defending champions.

“So far, we’re planning it as it’s a go, like we’re going to have it,” Stricker told Golf Affect Radio. “But there’s some obstacles that we’re going to have to face.

“The confidence of the people and the corporate people. It’s going to come down to probably the safety. And who knows, right?”

Stricker said a decision will need to be made in the coming weeks. This has been confirmed by European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley.

“We will have the conversations now and we will have a direction by the end of the month,” Pelley told the McKellar Golf podcast.

Europe’s captain Padraig Harrington has said golfers may “have to take one for the team” and play the Ryder Cup without fans because of covid-19 fears.

But leading players, including world number one, Rory McIlroy…



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