Mar 19th, 2020
Ryder Cup still on
Harrington scotches rumours of postponement
Europe's Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has scotched the stories of this September's event being moved back a year to 2021 saying that the reports were "made-up stuff". Social media had been awash with suggestions that the match which is due to take place from 25th to 27th September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin was to be a further casualty of Coronavirus.
"September is a long way off, so there's no change to the situation at all at this stage," Harrington told Today FM. The Ryder Cup is always a highlight of the golf calendar, and Team USA will be looking for revenge for their significant loss in Paris in 2018 when Europe ran out winners 17 1/2; to 10 1/2.
Both teams put out statements on Twitter that the postponement rumours were inaccurate.
"I know there have been some rumours and they had to put out a statement to say there's been no change, but there's definitely no change," said Harrington.
"I'm on the inside of these things. Normally you're looking at 'anonymous source says this...' but now that I'm on the inside you go 'wow, it really is made-up stuff'."
The golfing calendar has been decimated by a whole raft of postponements, including the first two majors of the year, The Masters and the PGA Championship. It is looking like a busy Autumn period if reports are accurate that plans are afoot to hold The Masters in early October, only two weeks after the Ryder Cup is due to be played.
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