The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the PGA of America to alter the method they choose the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2020.

Previously, the leading eight gamers were positioned on the team based on a points system, with the last four areas on the U.S. roster to be decided by the group’s captain.

But instead of the traditional 4 players picked by the team captain to complete the lineup, Madison’s Steve Stricker will be forced to make six selections, an crease of 2 more gamers.

In a release, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker said, “After lots of deliberate discussions, we jointly agreed that a smaller sized tasting of 2020 events … consisting of just one major champion … would justify a one-week extension of the certification window and a boost in the variety of Captain’s choices from four to six. These modifications were sparked by situation, however developed with stability in mind. In the end, our company believe they will permit us to put our finest team together to complete at Whistling Straits in September.”

Koepka might sit without fans

If the Ryder Cup in September is played without fans, American Brooks Koepka said he’s prepared to sit this one out.

” The fans make that special,” said Koepka at the Charles Schwab Challenge. “The fans make that special. If we’re not playing in front of fans, it’s much like us playing a video game in Florida. The fans produce the enjoyment for the Ryder Cup.”

The Ryder Cup is set up for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler. That’s just one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Golf returns

Golf returns today (Thursdsay) with the opening round of the Charles Schwab Difficulty at Colonial. It ends a 91-day layoff between rounds due to the pandemic.