There are still doubts surrounding whether the 2020 Ryder Cup will be going ahead as planned. At present, the event is still set to go ahead over the weekend of the 25th September at Whistling Straits. However, the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to derail all hope of the competition going ahead at all. Numerous golfers have already come forward and revealed that a Ryder Cup without fans, is just not the Ryder Cup.
The prestigious event pits Europe and the United States against each other, with dramatic moments over the years including the Miracle at Medinah and the Battle of Brookline. The US will be looking to end their recent poor form in the competition, with Europe having won four of the past five events. However, the US would at least take confidence that they won the last Ryder Cup played on their home soil. With the event still set to go ahead, Steve Stricker has revealed the vice-captains that will compete for the US in the 2020 competition.
Stricker Reveals Vice-Captains
The US captain has revealed that Davis Love II and Zach Johnson will be his next two vice=captains. The two names that have recently been revealed will join the team that already includes Stricker and Jim Furyk. The latter of those led the 2018 side after being the captain’s first pick. Europe’s vice-captains were also announced, with Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson joining Padraig Harrington on the side of the defending champions.
Love could be one of the pivotal players should the Ryder Cup go ahead, as he has captained the US in the event on two occasions in the past. The first of those came in 2012, while the second came in 2016. Although his win percentage from those appearances stands at 50%, with his only win coming in 2016 when the US won their last Ryder Cup in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour is set to return in June.
Opposition Against Behind-Closed Doors Ryder Cup
The number of players that are fighting back against the proposed Ryder Cup behind closed doors is steadily mounting. All top three ranked players in the world have now come out and voiced against the event happening should there be no fans in attendance. This comes after Jon Rahm commented on the chances of the event taking place behind closed doors. Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka had previously insisted that the event shouldn’t take place without fans.
One of the biggest factors that will be missing for Team USA this year if the event is played behind closed doors is home advantage. Since there will be no fans in attendance, the event would instead be played alongside an eerie atmosphere. Rahm admitted that the fans in attendance made his debut in France’s edition of the competition so special. Harrington also echoed that sentiment, as he believed the lack of atmosphere would mean that players wouldn’t get the chance to become a ‘hero’.
BetOnline.ag have markets open for the upcoming Ryder Cup, and they make USA the -125 favourites to win the event. Europe are priced at +150, while the tie is +1200.