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Official Statements on the Ryder Cup Postponement

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Mitchell Platts, Spokesman, European Ryder Cup Board
 
'The 34th Ryder Cup Matches, scheduled to be played at The De Vere Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England, from September 28-30, 2001, have been postponed. The 34th Ryder Cup Matches will now be played at The De Vere Belfry in September 2002.
 
'The PGA of America has informed The European Ryder Cup Board that the scope of last Tuesdays tragedy is so overwhelming that it would be impossible for the United States Ryder Cup Team and Officials to attend the Matches this month.
 
We have been placed in a position beyond our control and therefore the Matches, out of necessity, have been postponed.
 
'The invitation for the United States Team and Officials to attend The 34th Ryder Cup Matches has not been withdrawn but extended. We will now start the process of rescheduling the Matches for 2002.
It has been agreed that The Matches will take place with the same Captains, Sam Torrance (Europe) and Curtis Strange (United States), and the same ten qualified players and the two wild cards as already nominated by the Captains.'
 

Jim Awtrey, CEO, PGA of America
 
'Given the enormity of the tragedy in America, we informed European Officials of our desire to postpone the Matches until next year.
 
'The PGA of America is very appreciative of the support and understanding expressed by European Ryder Cup Officials. We understand this is a hardship for them to reschedule the Matches next year at The De Vere Belfry, but it was important to us that the Matches be played and not cancelled.
 
'We will work with our counterparts in Europe over the next year to ensure that The 34th Ryder Cup Matches are played in the spirit in which they were meant.
 

Sam Torrance, European Ryder Cup Captain
 
'The decision to postpone The Ryder Cup Matches this year is one of commonsense. What happened in America last week has put The Ryder Cup and everything else into perspective. I am desperately heartbroken for all the people involved in this terrible tragedy.
 
'All I can feel at the moment is an immense sadness. There will be time enough to talk further about The 34th Ryder Cup Matches taking place next year.'
 

Curtis Strange, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain
 
The tragedy in America caused us all to reflect and evaluate our own lives and relationships with family and friends. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by last Tuesdays disaster. With regards to this years Ryder Cup Matches, my concern was always centered on the right thing to do.
 
'The PGA of Americas decision to postpone the Matches is very appropriate in light of the situation. I look forward to playing the Matches next year.
 
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