Confirmed: 2020 Ryder Cup is postponed to 2021
Irish Open could now take place on the vacant weekend of September 24th-27th
The 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed to 2021. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty
The 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed until 2021, it has been confirmed. The 2021 tournament will take place from September 24th-26th.
The postponement of the event has been reported for a number of weeks but has today been confirmed with the Irish Open now likely to be rescheduled for the weekend of September 24th to 27th.
The news means that Pádraig Harrington will have another year to wait before captaining the European team at Whistling Straits while the 2022 event – scheduled to take place in Rome – has been pushed back to 2023, meaning the Ryder Cup will be played in alternate years going forward.
Adare Manor – which was due to host the event in 2026 – will now do so in 2027 instead.
The European Tour have also confirmed the qualification process for the next Ryder Cup will be frozen until January 2021.
All qualification points already gained by European players between last September’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, through to the Qatar Masters in March, will still count.
However no more qualification points will now be awarded until January 1st, with Harrington still entitled to three picks as captains.
As coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in parts of the US the hopes of having fans on the course at Whistling Straits were dwindling, particularly as the Memorial Tournament – which will take place on the PGA Tour next week – had to cancel their plans to have spectators present.
The news does represent a positive for the Irish Open which was due to take place in May but was postponed and is now likely to be rescheduled for Mount Juliet on the same weekend the Ryder Cup was due to take place. Given that daylight hours at the end of September will be less than in May the event may have a somewhat limited field.
Whether or not spectators will be present depends on restrictions that will be in place at the time. Currently gatherings of 500 people or less outdoors will only be allowed from July 20th onwards but tánaiste Leo Varadkar did say last month that gatherings of up to 5,000 people may be permitted in September. Were that the case it could be possible that a limited number of tickets are sold.