Veteran European Ryder Cup campaigner Ian Poulter is adamant that this year’s much-anticipated event should go ahead as scheduled, even if that means no crowds allowed.
The event is set to get under way at Whistling Straits on 25 September but the continued damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked major debates in the golfing world around if it will be safe to allow galleries to attend.
Some golfers like World No 1 and 2 Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm have even suggested that the prestigious competition should be postponed to next year to accommodate the 1000s of fans planning to make their way to Wisconsin.
But Poulter, in an interview with Sky Sports, opposed that notion and stated that he is ready to embrace whatever circumstance the event will played under.
‘I want to make that team and if I do, and we have to play it behind closed doors, I’m going to embrace it 100 per cent. It will be good for TV. It won’t be good from a players’ standpoint, there won’t be as much fun, because you won’t be able to feed off the energy of the fans,’ said Poulter, who currently occupies the 58th spot on the Official World Golf Rankings.
‘We would love to see a Ryder Cup with fans. We feed as a team, and we always have, off the fans. So if you take them away it’s going to be an extremely different feeling.
‘I’d love to see the world be in a better place by September, and for one of these amazing companies to find a vaccine which would turn this thing on its head very, very quickly. It’s not looking likely, but miracles do happen.’
The Englishman has a sound reputation at the Ryder Cup and has often been called ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ for his record of 68.2% points accumulated over the years.