The biennial Ryder Cup, which pits a United States team against Europe, was scheduled to take place from 25-27 September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin but will instead be played in the same time frame next year.
"I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of the atmosphere they want to play", McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland back in May, when England's Lee Westwood said spectators were "essential" to the event. ESPN reports the PGA of America will officially announce today the event is postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic.
"Our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible", Waugh said. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time.
Tournaments on the PGA Tour have been held without spectators and coronavirus cases are rising in many states across the U.S., leaving much uncertainty surrounding whether a Ryder Cup in 2020 could have been played with crowds.
It means the competition will now take place between September 24-26, 2021 and every two years thereafter, meaning Rome's turn to host will now come in 2023.
Europe skipper Padraig Harrington said rescheduling the tournament was the correct decision.
"The spectators who support both the USA and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option".
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United States captain Steve Stricker and Europe captain Padraig Harrington of Ireland have agreed they also do not want to see a Ryder Cup without spectators. Europe has won four out of the last five events.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan spearheaded the effort to get all of the various golf bodies together back in April to map out a schedule, allowing the major championships to pick their dates, with the PGA Tour then working its schedule around them.
The number of daily coronavirus cases is rising again in the USA with fears it could reach 100,000 per day.
The British Open, originally scheduled for next week at Royal St. George's, was called off due to Covid-19. The other majors have been rearranged, with the PGA Championship Aug. 6-9 at Harding Park in San Francisco with no spectators. The event was set to include Steve Stricker as captain of the USA team and Padraig Harrington as captain of the European team.
The decision to reschedule the Ryder Cup was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority. The players are everything and their views are the ones that played the biggest part in the decision to postpone until 2021.
World number one McIlroy said: 'A Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup.