Tue, 02 Jun 2020

Harrington prefers 12 picks over Ryder Cup postponement

Field Level Media
02 Apr 2020, 03:25 GMT+10

European captain Padraig Harrington said that he would welcome an alternate plan if it meant playing the Ryder Cup in September as opposed to postponing it in response to the coronavirus.

Harrington told the Daily Mail on Tuesday that golf would benefit from playing the Ryder Cup as opposed to honoring a faulty qualifying system.

"We're playing on, if at all possible, because the merit of getting out there and showcasing our sport far outweighs a perfect qualifying system," Harrington said, according to the report. "It wouldn't worry me if we were the first tournament back and I had to go with 12 picks with no qualifying.

"In many ways, it would be perfect if the Ryder Cup was the first tournament back. Just 12 guys from Europe and 12 from America, with no prize money at stake and competing just for glory? Wouldn't that be a nice way for sport to start back?"

Harrington said in an interview with Sportsmail that golf's majors have to work around the biennial competition, as opposed to vice versa.

"I have an inside track regarding the Ryder Cup and I can tell you our date is set in stone and the other authorities are working around us," Harrington said. "But I'm not privy to other details. If you're asking me as a pro, I'd say the Open will move from July to a later date rather than be canceled, and there must be a strong chance there will be two majors played back to back."

The European team has won four of the last five Ryder Cups, including a 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 victory in Paris in 2018.

The Europeans hope to be defending their Ryder Cup title on Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Koehler, Wis.

--Field Level Media

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