Ryder Cup without fans almost a 'yawner', says US captain Stricker

US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker says it would be a 'crime' to stage event without fans

Fans have to be part of the Ryder Cup, says Stricker

While Keith Pelley, the European Tour chief executive, told the McKellar Golf Podcast on Wednesday "I will simply say, you'll know by the end of the month", Stricker revealed news from the two bodies who run the match could come in the next fortnight. This event is made by the fans. "If it was without fans, it nearly would be a yawner of an event", said Stricker.

A number of players, including the world's top three of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka, have expressed their reluctance to take part in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits if it goes ahead without spectators.

"If it was without fans, it nearly would be a yawner of an event", he told the Golf Affect Radio Show. "The passion, I don't know if it would be there".

A choice on whether or not this year's Ryder Cup can go forward as scheduled will be made by the end of this month. He's been on both sides of it recently, with Europe winning in 2018 and the USA claiming the Cup in 2016.

"That's from a European, going to America, knowing that I'm going to get abuse". Obviously it would be better for Europeans to play without fans because we wouldn't deal with some of the stuff that you have to put up with, but at the same time, it wouldn't be a great spectacle.

American Ryder Cup captain Steve Strickler has said it would be "a crime" if the Ryder Cup is played without crowds.

"So far, we're planning it as if it's a go, like we're going to have it but there's some obstacles that we're going to have to face". The next Presidents Cup - the biennial event opposite the Ryder Cup that pits the United States against the rest of the world, excluding Europe - is scheduled for next September in North Carolina, while the next Ryder Cup is set for 2022 in Rome. "I think there's just so much going on and there's so much movement and fluidity that no one can really make an informed decision at this time".

Postponing the Ryder Cup is not unprecedented. The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup were moved a year following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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