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Ryder Cup to switch to even years

The Ryder Cup, scheduled to be played next week at The Belfry in England, will now be played next year on September 27 in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the US. After that, the matches between the US and Europe will be played permenantly in even-numbered years.

To accomodate the change, the PGA Tour agreed to push back the Presidents Cup one year to November 2003 in South Africa.

The PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said: “It was our position that the most likely scenario, if we made the determination to postpone the Ryder Cup, was to slide everything back. When we looked at the logistics of it, with a couple of exceptions, it seemed like it was not particularly difficult to do.”

Finchem also said the US PGA Tour is to tighten security in the wake of last week’s attacks. He said the tour would no longer allow spectators to bring backpacks or large parcels to the event. It will also search smaler items, such as purses and handbags.

Yesterday it looked as though the Welsh course Celtic Manor was set to be unveiled as the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2010. But Scotland, who are also bidding to stage the biennial event could be named as the hosts for the 2014 tournament.