Ryder Cup Could Change to Even-Numbered Years


The Ryder Cup has been postponed until next year because of last week's terrorist attacks in the United States, and it could remain an even-numbered year event.
The 34th edition of the matches will now be played in September 2002 at The Belfry in England, but the Presidents Cup is also scheduled for next November in South Africa.
The PGA of America, which conducts the Ryder Cup in the United States, and the PGA Tour, which operates the Presidents Cup, have been talking about keeping the two team events in different years. That would mean moving the Presidents Cup -- a team competition featuring American golfers against players from the remainder of the world except Europe -- back to 2003 and possibly keeping it as an odd-numbered year event.
The Ryder Cup is currently scheduled to return to the United States in 2003 at Oakland Hills in Michigan, but could be pushed back to 2004.
PGA of America chief executive Jim Awtrey has said keeping the events in separate years would be the best way to go.
'We've talked about moving the Ryder Cup,' Awtrey told The Golf Channel on Monday. 'Tim Finchem (PGA Tour commissioner) and the PGA Tour and the European Tour...Everybody's been very supportive with the idea of possibly moving the Presidents Cup to the next year.'
PGA Tour spokesman Bob Combs said a decision on the scheduling of the two events would likely come within a few days.
The Presidents Cup, which started in 1994, doesn't have the history of the Ryder Cup, which was first played in 1927.
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