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No Ryder Cup

July 10, 2020

Even though the PGA Tour continues to successfully come back to play, the tournament organizers have come to a logical decision to suspend the Ryder Cup until next year. The Ryder Cup atmosphere is the only golf event that promotes a more rowdy crowd interaction. Since there are no fans allowed at any golf event, there is really no point in holding this tournament. This is not the first time the Ryder Cup has been postponed. It was called off in 2001 after the terrorist attacks. Hopefully next year will bring the crowds to cheer in a sport that is used to quiet, but not like this!

Last week, Bryson DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Michigan. He has been a controversial figure on the tour since it has returned because of the major transformation of his body. His arms now look like a bodybuilder and he's swinging as hard as he possibly can on every tee shot. He is hitting consistently more than 340 yards with his driver. I don’t know how long he can keep this up without getting hurt. It will be interesting to follow his heightened performance for the rest of the season.

The MLS is having some significant problems with their attempt to come back to play. Two of the teams have decided to not participate because too many players have contracted the virus, specifically the teams from Dallas and Nashville. The league is still having their tournament and I will update the situation next week.

The remade baseball and basketball seasons for this year seem to still be on track to start at the end of July. Hopefully that will be a go without any additional problems or delays.

College sports have suffered another setback with the news that the Ivy League schools have decided to cancel all fall sports because of concerns over the coronavirus. I'm anticipating that this is just the tip of the iceberg. It will be difficult for college sports to start again when it is almost impossible to control what the students do before and after practices or games.

Let’s end on some good news. The English Premier league soccer continues to move toward the end of the season without a hitch. There has been some very good play from the American player, Christian Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea Football Club. He has scored a significant number of goals since the restart of their season. For me, this just proves that he belongs in the best soccer league in the world.

That's all I have for this week. Hang in there everyone.

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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