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A 2020 Ryder Cup spokesman says the US-Europe golf showdown remains scheduled for September in the wake of a British report saying the event would be postponed to 2021.

It had been reported that confirmation of a postponement is expected next week for the biennial showdown, now set for Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 25-27.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made it unlikely that spectators would be allowed at the event on its current date and travel restrictions could be an issue for fans going from Europe even if a reduced number were allowed.

The report said the Ryder Cup would remain in odd-numbered years after the jump to 2021, which would push the next European-based Ryder Cup in Italy to 2023.

An event spokesman said: "The 2020 Ryder Cup remains as scheduled, September 25-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

"The PGA of America continues to closely follow the guidance of federal, state, and local public health authorities. The safety and well-being of all is our highest priority," added the spokesman.

The Golf Channel and Golfworld both reported that the PGA of America had no comment on the report.

Holywood's World number one Rory McIlroy and fellow four-time major champion Brooks Koepka have both said they would not want to see the matches played without spectators, whose cheers and songs add much of the atmosphere that makes the team event special among competitions.

Europe captain, Dubliner Padraig Harrington, and US skipper Steve Stricker have agreed they don't want to see a Ryder Cup without spectators.

Harrington said: "I haven't been informed of that and I'd expect I'd be in the first group to know."

Belfast Telegraph