Ryder Cup Postponed Until 2002


The 34th Ryder Cup Matches scheduled for the end of the month have been officially postponed to September of 2002 in wake of the deadly terrorist attacks last Tuesday in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Jim Awtrey, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America issued the initial request to The European Ryder Cup Board, referencing the severity of the recent events, to which European officials immediately responded.
Given the enormity of the tragedy in America, we informed European Officials of our desire to postpone the Matches until next year, Awtrey said.
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.
Mitchell Platts, spokesman for the European Ryder Cup Board was openly supportive of Americas request.
We have been placed in a position beyond our control and therefore the Matches, out of necessity, have been postponed, Platts explained in a written statement on Sunday.
While specific dates have not yet been locked down, the Matches are tentatively scheduled for September of 02.
The venue location will remain at The De Vere Belfry, and the respective American and European teams and captains will remain the same.
'The decision to postpone The Ryder Cup Matches this year is one of common sense, said European captain Sam Torrance in a written response.
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.
United States captain Curtis Strange added: 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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