Ryder Cup: American captain Steve Stricker says that event & # 039; a yawn & # 039; without fans

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Steve Stricker (left) and Padraig Harrington will lead the US and European teams at the Ryder Cup 2020 in September

. US captain Steve Stricker says it would be "a crime" if the Ryder Cup were played without fans in September.

The PGA of America and the European Tour will decide this month whether the competition will take place at Whistling Straits in Stricker's home state of Wisconsin.

Stricker said: "This event was made by the fans. If it were without fans it would almost be a yawning event.

" It would be a crime to Wisconsin to cheat. I hope that if we have it, it can use its full potential. "

The biennial competition is scheduled for September 25-27, with Europe as the defending champions.

" So far, we are planning it as it is, as we will get it, "Stricker said. to Golf Affect Radio. " But there will be some obstacles we will face.

"The confidence of the people and business people. It probably comes down to safety. And who knows, right?"

Stricker said there should be a decision in the coming weeks be taken. This has been confirmed by Keith Pelley, CEO of European Tour.

"We will have the conversations now and towards the end of the month we will have a direction," Pelley told the McKellar Golf podcast.

European captain Padraig Harrington has said that golfers "to take one for the team" and play the Ryder Cup without fans because of Covid-19 fears.

But prominent players, including the world's number one, Rory McIlroy, have strongly opposed such an idea.

Meanwhile, Pelley also insisted that his tour should not merge with their American rivals. , the PGA Tour, but stated that both organizations are working more closely together because of the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis.

"Those conversations are stronger than ever. I am optimistic that the PGA Tour and the European Tour will work closer together in the future.

" It must be good for their players and it must be good are for our players. "

The PGA Tour returns to Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas on June 11 and it has been announced that the currently suspended world golf rankings will be operational again when play resumes.

European Tour golfers will not return until the circuit resumes at the British Masters behind closed doors at Close House near Newcastle on July 22.

Live coverage of all four days of the PGA Tour event in Texas with commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and text updates on the BBC Sport website.

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