Pelley: Ryder Cup decision within two or three weeks
Keith Pelley, the chief executive of golf’s European Tour, expects the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup to be decided by the end of the month.
With several major golf tournaments already suspended or postponed this year, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put the prestigious biennial men's team contest between Europe and USA in doubt.
The 2020 event is currently still slated to take place from 25 to 28 September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, USA.
Three of the sport’s four majors - the Masters, PGA Championship and US Open – have been postponed, while the British Open has been cancelled.
Pelley has now revealed a decision on the Ryder Cup will finally be made "in the next two or three weeks."
Speaking on the McKellar Journal podcast, he said: "I will simply say: You will know by the end of the month. We have been revamping our entire schedule, the PGA of America have been trying to run the first major of the year.
"There was no rush, now we are ready. We have now launched the beginning of our schedule and we can go through everything.
"We will evaluate everything, talk to our partners at the PGA of America, and we will let you know at the end of the month."
If the event goes ahead as planned in September, it is likely to have to be played without fans, which will create another problem for the organisers.
Several of the world’s top golfers such as Rory McIlroy, John Rahm and Brooks Koepka have already stated they do not want to play without spectators.
Steve Stricker, the Team USA captain, this week became the latest to oppose the idea of playing without fans, saying it would be “a crime”.
He told Golf Affect Radio: "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."
However, Padraig Harrington, the captain of Europe, has said players may have to “take one for the team” and play behind closed doors due to fears over the pandemic.
The European Tour, which has been suspended since March, last week unveiled a revised schedule to restart its delayed 2020 season, which includes a ‘UK Swing’ with several tournaments in the country.
Quarantine and travel restrictions imposed as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic have forced the European Tour to focus its next events in one market.