Golf will have to decide on whether the majors or the Ryder Cup takes priority when the game finally gets the go-ahead to resume (USA 8/11, Europe 11/10 – Ryder Cup outright).

Former major winner Graeme McDowell is keen to get going again as soon as is possible but obviously, for now, his main criteria is to keep himself and his family safe. However, when golf does get the nod again, the Northern Irishman is one that thinks the majors should take priority.

The Masters was suspended earlier this month and US PGA has also gone with no set date for either in the future. There have been reports of both events taking place in the autumn with an October date for the Masters mooted, but when the green light is given, it is going to be a very tightly packed schedule.

There has been a suggestion that the Ryder Cup should go the way of other major sporting events, like Euro 2020 and the Olympics, and be put back a year and McDowell, winner of the 2010 US Open, does not envy those who have to work out what gets played and what does not.

“I think it comes down to prioritising the schedule,” he said. “I can’t imagine the jigsaw puzzle that the European Tour, the PGA Tour and the four majors have on their hands before we even start talking about Ryder Cups. It’s a crazy puzzle.

“If we could be back to playing golf around June, perhaps you could argue that in June, July, August, September we have four solid months.

“But there are so many things that can change and so many things that have to happen that, for me, the major championships take priority over the Ryder Cup.”

Another former major winner Justin Rose is keen for the Ryder Cup to be given its usual big build-up and he is anxious that it does not just get squeezed in between other tournaments as it would then lose some of its gravitas (Rose 33/1 US Open outright).

“It would be a shame if it just kind of fell into a rhythm of golf and there wasn’t as much build-up. That’s what creates some of the excitement about the Ryder Cup, the talking about it for a year, the anticipation of it.

“The qualification period for the Ryder Cup would also be very condensed.”

Players such as Rose have not yet qualified for the European team and will need to hit form quickly when the season gets going again if they are to make Padraig Harrington’s squad.