Belfry, England: The 34th Ryder Cup match arguably golf's most prestigious competition, has been postponed until 2002 in the wake of the terror attacks on the United States. The competition between Europe and America's top golfers was due to take place at The Belfry in England from 28th-30th September. A joint statement by Europe's Ryder Cup Board and the Professional Golfers' Association of America confirmed the showcase event will now take place at the same venue in September 2002. The PGA of America informed the European Ryder Cup Board on Sunday that the scope of last Tuesday's terrorist strikes were so overwhelming that it would be impossible for the United States Ryder Cup team and officials to attend the matches this month. European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance immediately backed the decision. Torrance and his US counterpart Curtis Strange have agreed that the tournament will take place in 2002 with the same ten qualified players and two wild cards already nominated. The exact dates of the three-day fixtures have not been announced yet. Played every two years, the Ryder Cup began in 1927 and it's place in the golfing calendar has only previously been disturbed by the second world war.
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