Ryder Cup: Team Europe WAGS granted exemption to enter United States

Wives and girlfriends of players in the European Ryder Cup side are permitted entry to Whistling Straits. 

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Sun, 19 Sep 2021

Ryder Cup: Team Europe WAGS granted exemption to enter United States

The wives and girlfriends of Team Europe's Ryder Cup team have been granted waivers to enter the United States and watch the action unfold at Whistling Straits despite coronavirus travel restrictions. 

It is understood that Padraig Harrington's European team - which is spearheaded by Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm - will be joined by their partners on a charter flight for around 200 people.

The flight is expected to leave Heathrow on Monday morning. 

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It has become an annual tradition for the wives and girlfriends of each member of the Ryder Cup team to join the proceedings at the opening and closing ceremonies, along with following their men outside the ropes with the rest of the backroom staff. 

As it stands under Covid travel restrictions, EU and British citizens are not allowed to enter the United States. 

However, talks between the US Embassy, PGA Tour and European Tour have led to granting an exemption to the families of each member in the European Ryder Cup team. 

 

 

 

Harrington completed his 12-man team to face Steve Stricker's star-studded American lineup after the BMW PGA Championship last Sunday.

The Irishman picked Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia as his three wildcard picks.

They will join Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger.

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