Rory McIlroy helped Europe beat the USA during the Ryder Cup 2018
Rory McIlroy has joined a growing group of players who say that this year's Ryder Cup should be postponed to 2021 instead of playing without fans present because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The biennial event still takes place September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, USA.
Padraig Harrington, captain of Team Europe, said the "general consensus" is that the event will not take place. held without fans.
World number one McIlroy said, "A Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup."
He added, "It wouldn't be a great spectacle, since there would be no atmosphere, so when it came to whether they had to choose between not playing the event or playing without fans, I would say postpone it for a year and play it in 2021. "
Three of these the four golf majors of the year have been postponed while The Open Championship has been canceled.
During a live conversation on Instagram with equipment company TaylorMade, the Northern Irishman said he understood the "financial implications" of delaying the Ryder Cup.
"It would be clear that Europeans would be able to play better without fans because we wouldn't be dealing with some of the things you have to endure, but at the same time it is not a Ryder Cup," he added.
European golfers Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari have also said that it would be difficult to continue the tournament without fans.
McIlroy also suggested that postponing the Ryder Cup to 2021 could push the next event in Europe down to 2023 and allow Italy, one of the countries, most affected by the corona virus, an additional year to prepare for hosting the event.
The 2022 Ryder Cup is held in the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome.
Europe is the current holders of the Ryder Cup after they entered the United States in Paris in 2018.