Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Ryder Cup decision will be revealed ‘at the end of the month’ says Keith Pelley

Ryder Cup captains Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington.
Ryder Cup captains Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington.

A decision on whether this year’s Ryder Cup will be played will come at the end of this month, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley has promised.

Pelley, who last week announced the first part of the plan to rescue the European Tour schedule for 2020 from the coronavirus lockdown, had last week resolutely refused to make any comment on the forthcoming matches between Europe and the USA due to be played at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in September.

However he expanded a little speaking to Scottish journalists Lawrence Donegan and John Huggan on the McKellar podcast, saying that a decision was imminent by the end of June.

“I’ll simply say: you’ll know by the end of the month,” he said when asked whether the event would take place, be moved or be played behind closed doors.

“We’ve been revamping our entire schedule, the PGA of America have been trying to run the first major of the year,” he said. “There was no rush, now we’re ready. We’ve 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’ll let you know at the end of the month.”

Leading players such as Rory McIlroy and Brook Koepka have recently said they don’t want to play in a Ryder Cup played behind closed doors, but Pelley wouldn’t be drawn on his own opinion of whether they should go ahead or postpone until 2021.

He did, however, reveal that the Tour had started a process moving away from an over-reliance on the event’s profits to fund their operations in general.

“The model has been that the European Tour is that they work on this four-year cycle where the (home) Ryder Cup funds the rest of the tour,” he said.

“We were moving away from that because we don’t want to be completely reliant on the Ryder Cup. The Rolex Series, these bigger events, are now what is driving our revenue and funding the other tournaments.”

The Ryder Cup was still “a wonderful asset” he added, but the tour now had special focus on it.

“This is why we brought in (deputy chief executive) Guy Kinnings, because after 2018 I felt we could no longer do the Ryder Cup off the side of our desk,” he said. “We needed a full team to work on it week-in and week-out because that’s a big event that will continue to drive our other events.”

Pelley also said the coronavirus pandemic had brought the European and PGA Tours closer together, and increased the possibility of greater co-operation, but a merger or takeover was not part of those discussions.

“There have been weekly calls with Jay Monahan (PGA Tour commissioner) and the four majors getting all these scheduling issues organised,” he said. “There’s definitely a will to work together. Conversations have been stronger than they’ve ever been, but where that will lead I’m not sure.”

There was certainly a will between to two tours to work against the Premier Golf Tour, the proposed new circuit which has been speaking to top players, although Pelley said he had not talked formally to them for three years.

There will be new elements of innovation in the remaining events on the European Tour, including the possibility of players wearing microphones, while Pelley added that with limited or no fans being allowed at many events for the rest of 2020 there was an opportunity “to showcase great courses we wouldn’t otherwise be able to go to”.

“I think there’s a couple of venues in the schedule that will please people,” he said.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]