Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston makes Ryder Cup plea to organisers – ‘I don’t think it works’

The Ryder Cup are yet to make a decision on whether fans will be allowed to attend the prestigious event in September, but Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston has urged for the tournament to be postponed until 2021 if it is decided that there will be no spectators at Whistling Straits. The PGA Tour has already returned to some capacity with this being the third week since the sport has returned after tournaments were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

No fans have been allowed to the events, making for unique viewing over the first two tournaments.

The Memorial Tournament in July is set to be the first event to allow fans to attend the weekend, but only 20 per cent of the courses’ capacity will be given access.

But the Ryder Cup is often regarded as being on par with the four major championships for popularity while holding it’s very own unique atmosphere.

The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National saw more than 270,000 people attend as Europe crushed the United States.

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Being one of the most popular events on the golf calendar, organisers have a tough decision to make regarding whether they will allow spectators in.

Part of the attraction though to the Ryder Cup is the unique atmosphere stirred up by the raucous fans.

Players thrive off the energy as much as they can crumble under the pressure from the home support.

That would be non-existent if fans are banned from attending and Johnston, who is set to return to action when the European Tour gets started at the Austian Open next month, doesn’t think it would be a disaster if the Ryder Cup was postponed until 2021.

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The 31-year-old, talking around the launch of the new PUMA RSG golf shoes, told Express Sport: “I don’t know what Harrington’s plan is going ahead and whether he’s going to change his captain’s picks.

“It’s all been a bit of a waiting game. I think he’s going to have to change it and have more picks.

“I know there’s still talks whether or not it’s going to go ahead with no crowd.

“I’m not one for it to go ahead if there’s no crowd because you haven’t got that atmosphere.

“I just don’t think it works personally.

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“You need the crowds there and I just don’t see it being a problem if they move it back a year and they play two Ryder Cups in two years.

“I think that would be really cool. Golf fans would love it.”

The US PGA Championships is scheduled to be the first men’s major of the year in August – six weeks before the Ryder Cup.

But event organisers have now confirmed the tournament will go ahead without any spectators.

The US Open will take place the week before the Ryder Cup while the Masters has been moved back to November 12-15.

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