Lee Westwood England in line to play in his 11th Ryder Cup, said viewers are “essential” to the test of the US-Europe golf strength, despite the possibility of empty stands because of Covid-19.
Westwood, a vice-captain two years ago when Europe won the trophy in France, told The Golf Channel, he can not see the staging of the event without emotional reactions of viewers bring to the rivalry.
“I do not see anyone holing the winning putt on each side, on the 18th green or anywhere, turning to an empty position, raising his hands in the air and same feeling, “Westwood said in a message on Wednesday on the network website.
“it will never feel the mven thing, with what is happening, but if a tournament needs fans, it is this tournament. Just for me, fans are essential for the Ryder Cup. “
The 43rd Ryder Cup remains scheduled for September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, and no decision on the spectators were announced in a season that saw golf close by the pandemic coronavirus .
in a global rearranged schedule, the British Open was canceled and three majors in the US have moved to later in the year.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and American star Brooks Koepka, ranked third, also called the staging of the Ryder Cup without fans, like the first four events back US PGA tour are set for the monthnext.
a postponement of the Ryder Cup in 2021 “may be necessary” rather than playing without spectators, Westwood said.
The English played seven winners of10 Cup game appearances , gaining 23 points with a best of 4.5 in 2004 winning effort.
the judgment has wreaked havoc with the qualification Cup, although Westwood is on the current list for the European captain Padraig Harrington after European tour in January triumph in Abu Dhabi.
“We may have to change a bit,” said Westwood list selection process team. “I think Padraig is satisfied with the way the development team, and the way that the qualification is past.
“But at the same point, there are people to extérieur allegedly some of the favorites to get there. It is difficult. “
European fans could have a difficult time attending the Ryder Cup if the entry of the United States two weeks quarantine remain in place.
With a 14-day isolation awaiting her Westwood back in England, aged 47 does not include a trip to the competition right away, even with the European tour off at least until the end of July.
His status as the first 50 would allow in the next two PGA tour events in the United States.
Westwood, a top-five finisher 12 times in the majors without a win, is ready to welcome the British Masters of european tour of July 30 on August 2