By Andrew Both
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (Reuters) – The PGA of America is able to stage the “greatest Ryder Cup in history” this 12 months, CEO Seth Waugh stated on Tuesday.
The biennial occasion between the United States and Europe was postponed in 2020 because of the novel coronavirus and has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-26 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Whether a capability crowd shall be allowed stays an open query as a consequence of ever-changing state and native laws, however falling coronavirus circumstances in many of the U.S., together with Wisconsin, since a vaccine roll out has left Waugh optimistic.
“We’re working obviously with the state and local governments to have all those conversations… But our plan is to have it be the greatest Ryder Cup in history,” Waugh stated at Kiawah Island, two days earlier than the PGA Championship begins.
“This is really going to be the first time (since the coronavirus) to cheer for your country, to have that sort of tribal atmosphere that is so important.
“I realise the world nonetheless has a whole lot of challenges on the market, however from a U.S. perspective we’re actually hopeful we’ll be capable to pull it off. I believe the world, as we have seen, is able to have a celebration.”
PGA of America chief championships officer Kerry Haigh added the organisation hoped to have a full house for the Ryder Cup.
“If it had been immediately we couldn’t primarily based on the place COVID numbers are, however definitely with the vaccine and the numbers coming down, we’re very hopeful and optimistic that we will have a full attendance,” he said.
Steve Stricker (U.S.) and Padraig Harrington (Europe) are the captains for an event that has seen the most heated team rivalry in golf since Europe become competitive in the 1980s.
Perhaps no Ryder Cup was more intense than the so-called “War on the Shore” held at Kiawah 30 years in the past.
The U.S. eked out victory in excessive drama when Bernhard Langer missed a five-foot putt for Europe on the closing gap within the closing match.
Europe are defending champions after a seven-point rout at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Ken Ferris)