Viewers Can Decide on Ryder Cup Call, Harrington Admits
LONDON: Captain of Europe Padraig Harrington believes that players may have to endure the sterile atmosphere of a Ryder Cup behind closed doors to keep viewers entertained.
The biennial event between Europe and the United States will take place from September 25 to 27 in Wisconsin, but is in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So far, 13 events have been canceled or postponed in the PGA Tour . The action is slated to resume on June 11, but the first four events will be played without spectators.
Some of Europe's top players like it Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm We are not in favor of the event not having fans on the course. But Harrington believes that golf may have to take one for the world of team sport.
"No one wants to play behind closed doors but they (tournament organisers) are keeping a prudent eye on it and they know if the PGA Tour events in June go off well behind closed doors it's a possibility," the three-time major winner told Sky Sports.
"The players don't want it but we might have to take one for the world of team sport and put an event on that people can watch. It wouldn't be the same for us but we're craving sport on TV.
I keep saying that if they practice some sport live, a soccer game from a lower division, we would all be watching it because we want to see something live, something unexpected.
The unpredictability of an event would be nice, you don't realize what you miss.