The world needs a Ryder Cup says PGA chief Seth Waugh

Seth Waugh, Executive Director of the 2018 PGA Americas, will host the Ryder Cup for two years, a year after it was postponed due to the pandemic.

The Ryder Cup with 12 golfers from the US is more than just a golf tournament with 12 golfers from Europe in three days, starting on Friday in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin; It was a violent event that Woo described as a combination of a Super Bowl and Rolling Stones concert. There is no other golf tournament where players and fans regularly make fun of each other.

That year, as Covid-19 began to weaken in the spring, Delta’s version grew, challenging for an event that normally holds more than 40,000, followed by only a few players. Water fountain

Also added excitement to the critical comments between two of America’s best players – Bryson DeChambo and Brooks Koepka, who, with DeChambo, caused boos from the fans. Waugh said he would not tolerate harassment like PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We will be vigilant to make sure the line is not crossed,” Woo said. “When that happens, we will implement it.”

This year the PGA of America created an award for competitive athletics recognition. The Nicklaus Jacqueline Award is given in memory of Jack Nicklaus who gave Tony Jacqueline a quick chance at the Ryder Cup in 1969. As a result, the match ended in a draw.

The following interview has been edited and shortened.

What will be different at this year’s Ryder Cup?

There will be different protocols, some with masks indoors and masks in crowded places. The player will likely be in a bubble. We can’t be sure that everyone is vaccinated, but so that we can get the final stroke on Sunday, we’re going to put them in a balloon. We have considered checking fan vaccinations but we cannot guarantee that all players will be vaccinated. So how can we check all the fans?

Can European fans come?

We said we would offer refunds for those who couldn’t or didn’t want to come. Some Europeans have asked for damages. We look forward to good attendance on both sides.

How are plans changing with Covid?

Part of it is how much we learn about viruses. I didn’t have much knowledge last year. We don’t know how hard it is to hold on. We believe that living outdoors has natural benefits that make people’s lives safer there. We will have masks at home. People have perfected themselves to live with this thing. Very different from a year ago. We came to the conclusion that the number of fans does not matter. These are logs.

How to keep the spirit of the event?

I went to Ryder’s first trophy at Belfry in 1993. That was the year Davis won Love III. I can tell you I was on the 18th green when he putt, but I didn’t see it. I just saw him lift his trail. The experience is joy. Once there, it’s a fan. If you’re at a Stones concert and you’re not in the front row, you won’t see Mick Jagger, but you will still hear “Jumping Jack Flash”.

What do you expect from this year’s competition?

The Ryder Cup is designed to promote relations between the two countries. With the Nicklaus Jacqueline Prize, we are trying to restore some of this purity. We want to make the tension and stress of the Ryder Cup the most beautiful moment in a player’s life. I hope it will bring back the spirit these things should be.

Everyone is just tired and tired from this pandemic. Usually you come back in the summer and you are ready to go. But we are wounded animals. People haven’t been together in a long time. School is no longer school, work is impossible, sport is not an option. The world needs the Ryder Cup as a reminder of the good in the world.