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Rory McIlroy's 'personal hunch' is Ryder Cup postponement

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Rory McIlroy said Tuesday that the “majority of players” would like to see the Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 – and his “personal hunch” is that it will be.

This is the second time that the world No. 1 has lobbied for the Ryder Cup, scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, to be pushed back a year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, he said that a fan-less Ryder Cup wasn’t worth hosting.

“My personal hunch is that I don’t see how it is going to happen, so I don’t think that it will happen,” he told BBC. “I think the majority of players would l 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.

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“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 until 2021, and, honestly, I think that will be the right call.”

After participating in the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event earlier this month, McIlroy will return to PGA Tour competition June 11 at Colonial.