Rory McIlroy believes this year’s Ryder Cup will be postponed to 2021.
The Northern Irishman is one of many players who previously requested that the biennial event between Europe and the United States not be played this year if spectators were unable to attend.
Whistling Straits in Wisconsin is slated to host the event September 25-27.
“My personal hunch is that I don’t see how it will happen, so I don’t think it will happen,” the world number one told BBC Sport NI.
“I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back to 2021 so they can play in front of the crowd and have the atmosphere that makes the Ryder Cup so special.”
“The players are the Ryder Cup players. If they are not on board and do not want to play, there is no Ryder Cup.
“I see it pushed back to 2021 and, honestly, I think it will be the right choice.”
Europe has won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups, including the last event in France in 2018.
No worries about traveling to Europe
McIlroy joined Americans Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a charity game in Florida earlier this month, which was played in the absence of spectators.
Competitive golf around the world has been suspended since March 12 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the PGA Tour is expected to resume on June 11 in camera at the Charles Schwab Colonial event in Texas.
McIlroy, who is expected to play in the first three PGA Tour tournaments after returning from golf, said he wouldn’t be afraid to travel to Europe later in the year.
“It’s difficult. There’s a lot going on, but if there are big events in the fall, then I can,” said McIlroy when asked if he would consider playing in. Europe later this year.
“Maybe if Wentworth is moved in October, which they think about, then I could see myself going to play this event.
“I was also disappointed that everyone that the Open was canceled this year. I think it would have been a good date in September if we could have played it.”
“I wouldn’t worry about traveling to Europe. I think if you stick to the guidelines, I don’t see any reason why we should be afraid to travel.”
Not sure if you’re going to play the Irish Open
The postponed Irish Open 2020 was to take place this week at the Mount Juliet Estate, with a possible date postponed to the fall.
McIlroy, who did not play at last year’s Lahinch event, said he was not sure he would participate in this year’s tournament if it continued.
“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” he continued. “I haven’t looked past the PGA Tour playoffs [scheduled for September]. All I have identified for the end of the year by the minute are the majors, everything else is really up in the air.
“I would like to see the Irish Open play, but I imagine that if it were, it would be behind closed doors, which means that the public would not see the big names competing closely and in person. ”
McIlroy made headlines around the world before the charity hide match when he criticized US President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
The 31-year-old says he is comfortable giving his opinion on the questions if asked, but that it’s not because of his position at the top of the world rankings.
“It has nothing to do with being number one in the world, it’s just that I’m more comfortable with who I am and what I believe in,” he added.
“Whether I’m world number one or number 100, if I’m asked my opinion, I’m happy to share it for the most part.”