PGA Hopes to Play Ryder Cup


PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Jim Awtrey favors playing the Ryder Cup, scheduled Sept. 28-30 at The Belfry near Birmingham, England.
'Like the rest of America, we are deeply mourning the tragic loss of life and the series of events which will change the way we live. These changes also have an impact on the upcoming Ryder Cup matches which are to be played in England. We continue to have discussions with U.S. Captain Curtis Strange and have communicated to a number of players that the safety of the team and their families is of utmost importance.
'It is our desire for the Ryder Cup matches to go forward. Having said that, the magnitude of the matches requires many logistics which are impacted by the events of this week. We are reassessing every logistic connected with the matches - a process which will take a number of days and which will require input from our government. When our assessment is complete we will make further announcements as appropriate.
The PGA of America works conjointly with the PGA European Tour in hosting and organizing the biennial event.
European officials have expressed interest in continuing their efforts to carry on the matches, which involve a 12-man United States team competing against a team of 12 from Europe.
U.S. players have been varied in their views on playing, though most have expressed concern for their safety.
We are working closely with the police and other security services to ensure we are taking every possible step to maximize security and safety for all concerned. For obvious reasons we are not releasing in detail what those actions are, said Ryder Cup spokesman Mitchell Platts.
Said Awtrey: Most of the players were asked immediately after the tragic event about playing. Their immediate reaction is to not even think about a golf tournament. I believe the players respect the matches and respect the wishes that weve got to go on as normal.
U.S. players are scheduled to arrive in Birmingham on Sept. 24. An ultimate decision is expected early next week.
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