LONDON: World number one Rory McIlroy feels this year's Ryder Cup will be postponed until 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"My personal hunch is that I don't see how it is going to happen, so I do not think that it will happen," the Northern Irishman told BBC Sport.
"I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of crowds and have the atmosphere that makes the Ryder Cup so special.
"The players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup. If they are not on board with it and don't want to play then there is no Ryder Cup.
"I see it being pushed back until 2021 and, honestly, I think that will be the right call," he added.
Meanwhile, golf greats Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, along with NFL quarterback legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, took part in a televised charity golf event last Sunday which helped raise $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.
"In the end, Woods and Manning reigned supreme on a wet afternoon in South Florida, building a lead in the best-ball portion of the competition and holding on in alternate shot for a 1-up victory. Of course, the real winner on the day—calling the cliché police—was charity, with The Match raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief," said a news report on Woods' official website, tigerwoods.com.
The 18-hole match was laced with on-course challenges for charitable funds. IANS