McIlroy believes Ryder Cup will be pushed to 2021

Rory Mcilroy says postponing Ryder Cup would be… -

He believes it will be postponed till 2021.

The world No 1 is now scheduled to make his sixth Ryder Cup appearance this September at Whistling Straits, where Europe arrive as defending champions after their 2018 success.

"My personal hunch is that I don't see how it is going to happen, so I do not think that it will happen", McIlroy told BBS Sport NI.

The Northern Irishman made it clear in past interviews that he didn't think it should be played without fans at Whistling Straits in September, believing it would damage the event's integrity. This would then allow for spectators and an atmosphere. "I've had numerous experiences playing in Ryder Cup as well as also in Paris 2 years back, as a vice-captain, it was an incredible experience to be a component of it".

McIlroy played a charity skin's match last month with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.

"It's a tough one", McIlroy added. Maybe if Wentworth gets moved to October, which they are thinking of, then I could see myself going over and playing that event.

Europe won the last Ryder cup that was held in France in 2018 and Captain Harrington may have to pick the entire team himself if they want to repeat that again this year as rankings tables can not be used.

"I wouldn't have concerns about travelling to Europe".

"I see it being pushed back to 2021 and honestly I think that would be the right call".

It's not the only tournament that could yet fall off the 2020 calendar, with the Irish Open, initially due to take place at Mount Juliet this week, as yet without a rescheduled date. "Do we really want to see the Ryder Cup a week after the US Open?" "I haven't looked past the PGA Tour play-offs [scheduled for September]".

"I've picked a few tournaments to start my season off again and all I have pinpointed for the back end of the year at the minute are the majors".

Golf was brought to a hault on March 12th.

Golf has largely been at a standstill during the coronavirus pandemic, but the PGA Tour plans to resume its calendar from June 11, although events are nearly certain to be behind closed doors.



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