London: The Ryder Cup, postponed this year because of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States, will now take place at the Belfry from September 27 to 29, 2002, it was confirmed yesterday. The European Ryder Cup Board also announced that the following three matches after next year will also be put back by a year - with Oakland Hills in Michigan, playing host in September 2004, The K Club, in Straffan, Ireland, in September 2006, and Valhalla in Kentucky, in September 2008. The biennial clash between top golfers from Europe and the United States fell victim to the terrorist attacks which are reported to have killed more than 5,000 people in New York and Washington on September 11. The Ryder Cup committee has said that the captains and the team will stay the same for next year but that has its problems as well. "What's going to happen as far as injury or illness? I guess you are always concerned with how they're going to be playing, but that happens on both sides of the Atlantic," said Curtis Strange, US Ryder Cup Team Captain. The American team, headed by world number one Tiger Woods, expressed concern over staging the event and it was then decided to have it rescheduled. It had already been decided that the players picked to take part this year will feature in the rearranged match in 2002. Meanwhile, new dates are also needed for the President's Cup which is a Ryder Cup style event bringing together American golfers versus the rest of the world excluding Europe. "With the Ryder Cup moving to the even numbered years and the Presidents Cup beginning in 2003 moving to the odd numbered years. Consequently we will move the President's Cup in South Africa back one year, it will be played in November of 2003, the date as yet is uncertain," said Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner.
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