The PGA Tour has hinted at the possibility of staging this year’s much-anticipated Ryder Cup behind closed doors due to the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisation’s CEO, Seth Waugh, told New York WFAN radio that they considering all options in preparation of the event but that ‘virtual fans’ could be a likelihood.
‘It’s hard to imagine one without fans,’ said Waugh.
‘We have begun to talk about whether you could create some virtual fan experience, and we’re going to try to be as creative as we can.’
Large and hostile crowds have become iconic to Ryder Cup events across the world and this year’s edition at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin should be no different, if spectators are allowed to attend.
‘It’s to be determined, frankly, whether you could hold it without fans or not – the fans are the Ryder Cup, to a certain degree,’ concluded Waugh.
Team Europe, under the watchful eye of captain Padraig Harrington, will be out to defend their title after claiming an emphatic victory at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
Despite many golf events being either postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus, the Ryder Cup is still scheduled to go ahead with its original dates from 25-27 September.