Whistling Straits celebrates 'Year to Go' to Ryder Cup
KOHLER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A year from now, the international spotlight will shine on southeast Wisconsin all summer long with a number of big events.
On Tuesday, Whistling Straits in Kohler celebrated one year to go until the 2020 Ryder Cup, on a rainy, foggy morning on the course.
“Next to Lake Michigan, it looks like we could be overseas somewhere for sure,” said Wisconsin native and American Captain Steve Stricker.
“It looks like an Irish summer’s day out there,” added European Captain Padraig Harrington.
The Ryder Cup pits the best American golfers against Europe’s best every other year.
“In many ways, this is a golf course that’s going to test the players out on its own merits,” said Harrington.
It’s going to test Wisconsin, too.
“We’ve had the PGA here three times, the U.S. Open over at Erin Hills, and this is the ultimate here,” Stricker said.
“This is a great time to be in Wisconsin for sports, and we are ready for it,” said Kohler Company president and CEO, David Kohler. “It is an event that won’t happen again, likely, in my lifetime or our lifetime. We need to come out and be loud, proud and support the U.S. team to victory.”
“We’ve got these international events, the Ryder Cup and the DNC, which really puts us on the map,” said Bucks President Peter Feigin, who was at the celebration. “Not in the state of Wisconsin, not in the region, not in the country, but in the world. That’s what we really strive for.”
The 2020 Ryder Cup is September 25-27, 2020 at Whistling Straits.