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'Today Europe and the US are united like never before' - Ryder Cup captains Harrington and Stricker

The duo came together to pen a joint letter.

United: Stricker and Harrington at a pres conference last October.
United: Stricker and Harrington at a pres conference last October.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

2020 RYDER CUP captains Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker have come together to pen a joint letter stressing unity through the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dubliner Harrington remains on track to captain Europe should the 2020 edition go ahead later this year, while Stricker is set to head up the United States team.

Despite a widespread reshuffling of the golf year and the cancellation of The Open, the Ryder Cup is still scheduled to take place in Wisconsin in September.

And Harrington and Stricker put their rivalry aside, and came together to offer a heartfelt message of unity and support — and of course, and give thanks to the ‘true heroes’ in the fight against the global coronavirus.

The letter, in full, reads as follows:

“A message to everyone,

Every two years Europe and the United States of America come together. We are united by the shared values of sportsmanship and our desire to defeat a formidable opponent. In doing so, we witness some incredible displays of determination, passion and spirit.

When Europe takes on the United States in The Ryder Cup it is always fiercely contested but it is just golf. It is not a matter of life and death.

Fighting Coronavirus is.

Today Europe and the United States are united like never before. We have a formidable opponent, but it is not each other. It is like nothing we have ever faced before.

Defeating Coronavirus won’t happen in three days. It won’t happen because of the efforts of only 12 men. It needs all of us to play our part. So while Europe and the America once again come together, we also stand as one with all of our friends around the world during this unprecedented global crisis.

As Ryder Cup Captains, we proudly represent all the players, caddies, staff and partners of the European Tour and PGA of America and we speak on behalf of every single one of them when we say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected.

We also speak for them when we say that we are all moved by the incredible determination, passion and spirit we are witnessing from our health professionals, key workers and everyone else on the front line in this battle. We are all indebted to the incredible work they are all doing.

Last week, some of the world’s leading golfers featured in a social media video thanking our heroes. We want to take this opportunity to reiterate our sincere gratitude to all of you once more.

Today is #WorldHealthDay. It should also be a day when we are all at Augusta National for the first Major of the 2020 season, but golf is insignificant right now. Instead of celebrating someone in a Green Jacket, this week we rightly celebrate those selfless people around the world wearing scrubs, wearing white coats, wearing supermarket uniforms, together with everyone else working round the clock to protect us and keep the world functioning. You are our true heroes.

For them, we urge everyone to please stay safe, stay healthy and stay home. And stay united.”

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