Casey backs postponement of Ryder
Cup because of coronavirus
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[March 21, 2020]
LONDON (Reuters) - English Ryder
Cup veteran Paul Casey believes Europe's title defense in Wisconsin
later this year should be postponed because of the coronavirus
The biennial contest between Europe and the United States is
scheduled for Whistling Straits on the shores of Lake Michigan Sept.
Organizers earlier this week described as "inaccurate" a British
newspaper report that plans were being made to push back the event
by 12 months, as happened in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks on the
Casey cited that precedent when he was asked whether he would favor
a delay of this year's clash while the world deals with the health
"Yes is the answer to that," he told the BBC. "I am never a fan of
postponing stuff but it's been postponed before, so why can't it
Like most other sports, the professional golf calendar has been
heavily disrupted by the pandemic.
The first two major championships of the year, April's Masters and
the PGA Championship in May, have already been postponed.
The U.S.-based PGA Tour, which runs the game's most popular circuit,
has canceled all tournaments until mid-May at the earliest.
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Paul Casey tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the
2020 edition of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC
Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY
But for the suspension of the tour, Casey would have been playing
for a third successive title at the Valspar Championship in Florida
"I'm obviously disappointed," the world number 24 added. "I was
looking forward to going for three in a row, but it's amazing how
quickly things have changed.
"The situation is no longer about golf, it's about worrying about
people's safety, people's health and the economic impact of that."
(Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; editing by Jane Wardell)
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