|When||September 22 to September 27|
|Where||Whistling Straits in Haven, WI|
|The Course||72-par, 7,790 yards|
As it’s been the case for all sports around the world, professional golf is currently stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The PGA and European Tour have either canceled or postponed a number of events, including the first two majors of the year.
This move could lead to a packed schedule at the end of the year, which would affect the Ryder Cup as well.
While the event is currently confirmed for its original late-September date, its status remains up in the air.
Some players, including Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey, have already called for the tournament to be postponed.
Captain: Padraig Harrington
The reigning Ryder cup champions haven’t won on the U.S. soil since 2014.
While nowhere near as long as their opponent’s 25-year drought on European courses, it means that defending the title will be a bit challenging.
That being said, Team Europe is building up a very strong roster for the 2020 edition.
The current lineup would include:
Captain Padraig Harrington’s team arguably has the strongest lineup for the event and should be considered the early favorites to retain their title.
Europe was the last team to successfully defend the Ryder Cup title, doing so in 2012 and again in 2014.
Captain: Steve Stricker
Team United States also has a strong lineup taking shape, which would currently include:
While the American team has plenty of great players, the European stars are in better form.
Koepka and Woods have recently dealt with injuries, while DJ had some ups-and-downs in recent tournaments.
Team USA will be the host for this year, so the home factor could help captain Steve Stricker’s lineup.
The tournament’s match format means that the potential for unexpected results is always there.
That being said, Team Europe’s lineup still looks stronger overall.
Prediction: Team Europe to win.
The full lineups for Team Europe and Team United States will be announced at a later date, closer to the tournament.
As of now, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Victor Perez would be some of the players on Team Europe’s roster.
Team United States’ lineup would feature Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed, and Webb Simpson.
As of now, the status of the 2020 Ryder Cup remains up in the air.
With many PGA and European Tour events already postponed to the end of the season, a clash seems almost unavoidable.
If that happens, the Ryder Cup will likely be postponed.
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