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Casey backs postponement of Ryder Cup because of coronavirus

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Paul Casey of England plays a tee shot during a practice round prior to The PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 11, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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ByReuters
21/03/2020 at 06:32 | Updated 21/03/2020 at 15:43

English Ryder Cup veteran Paul Casey believes Europe's title defence in Wisconsin later this year should be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The biennial contest between Europe and the United States is scheduled for Whistling Straits on the shores of Lake Michigan Sept. 25-27.

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Organisers earlier this week described as "inaccurate" a British newspaper report that plans were being made to push back the event by 12 months, as happened in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Casey cited that precedent when he was asked whether he would favour a delay of this year's clash while the world deals with the health crisis.

"Yes is the answer to that," he told the BBC.

I am never a fan of postponing stuff but it's been postponed before, so why can't it happen again?

Like most other sports, the professional golf calendar has been heavily disrupted by the pandemic.

The first two major championships of the year, April's Masters and the PGA Championship in May, have already been postponed.

The U.S.-based PGA Tour, which runs the game's most popular circuit, has cancelled all tournaments until mid-May at the earliest.

But for the suspension of the tour, Casey would have been playing for a third successive title at the Valspar Championship in Florida this week.

"I'm obviously disappointed," the world number 24 added.

I was looking forward to going for three in a row, but it's amazing how quickly things have changed.

"The situation is no longer about golf, it's about worrying about people's safety, people's health and the economic impact of that."

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