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Archive for Friday, September 14, 2001

Ryder Cup may be canceled

Terrorist attacks put biennial golf event in question

September 14, 2001

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— The Ryder Cup is still on at least for now.

This week's terrorist attacks have put the biennial golf event in doubt, with U.S. players expressing fears about flying to Britain for the Sept. 28-30 match at The Belfry.

"It's not so much the matches that concern me, it's the traveling," British Open champion David Duval said. "Will I be prepared to fly? I honestly don't know. I don't have the answers; I don't think any of us do right now."

Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer of the PGA of America, said golfers' security was the highest priority.

"We continue to have discussions with U.S. captain Curtis Strange and have communicated to a number of players that the safety of the team and their families is of utmost importance," Awtrey said.

"It is our desire for the Ryder Cup matches to go forward. Having said that, the magnitude of the matches requires many logistics which are impacted by the events of this week.

"We are reassessing every logistic connected with the matches a process which will take a number of days and which will require input from our government. When our assessment is complete we will make further announcements as appropriate."

The European Ryder Cup Board issued a statement saying it would increase security for the match to allay the fears of the U.S. players.

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