Donald represented Team Europe in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 – all winning teams – before serving as vice-captain twice; Englishman replaces Henrik Stenson, who was sacked as captain after joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series
Last Updated: 01/08/22 at 2:56 PM
Luke Donald has been confirmed as the captain of Europe’s 2023 Ryder Cup team in Italy, replacing Henrik Stenson.
Stenson was initially appointed captain of the Ryder Cup in March, only to take up the role after being chosen to join several of his former Ryder Cup team-mates to sign up for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series last month. was taken away.
Donald has appeared in four winning Ryder Cup teams and served as vice-captain for the last two editions of the biennial competition, with the former world No. 1 now trying to secure the trophy for Europe on home soil. has given.
“Excited and truly honored to be named European Ryder Cup captain,” Donald tweeted. “I’m really looking forward to the next 14 months and getting my team ready for Rome.”
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club on the outskirts of Rome will host the event from 29 September to 1 October next year, live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Ryder Cup channel, where Europe will seek revenge for their record-breaking 19-9 loss. Will try Whistling Straits in 2020.
Why was Stenson fired?
Stenson was appointed captain of the Ryder Cup on 15 March, but the Swede’s tenure lasted just 127 days before his decision to join LIV Golf, meaning he was removed from the role with immediate effect.
Henrik Stenson says he had made every arrangement to retain his Ryder Cup captaincy before joining the LIV Golf Series.
The 2016 Open champion had hoped that he would be able to remain in the position while still playing in LIV events, but a meeting with Ryder Cup Europe officials made it clear this was not acceptable.
Ryder Cup Europe said in a statement last month: “In light of the decisions made by Henrik regarding his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations for Ryder Cup Europe that He did in the past for his announcement as captain on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and therefore it is not possible for him to continue in the role of captain.”
Padraig Harrington says he is disappointed that Henrik Stenson didn’t wait until after next year’s Ryder Cup to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series
Stenson took a lighthearted look at his dismissal after making a winning start to his LIV golf career at Bedminster, joking that he “played like a captain” when interviewed after his win.
Who else was under consideration?
Thomas Bjorn had already been appointed as one of Stenson’s vice-captains, leading Europe to an impressive victory at Le Golf National in 2018.
Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood say they are unsure of their Ryder Cup playing status, although they have not received any correspondence to the contrary.
Scotland’s Paul Lowry took to social media last month to say his name was never ‘out of the hat’ for captaincy consideration and added sky sports news: “I am committed to the Tour and would still like nothing more than to be the next Ryder Cup captain. Given the opportunity, I will see this as one of the highlights of my career”.
Edoardo Molinari was already a definite member of Stenson’s backroom staff, before the first Ryder Cup tour to Italy, while Robert Carlsen was another possibility to serve as vice-captain for the previous two European teams.
Zach Johnson is the captain of the United States for his defense, in the role of Steve Stricker, the two-time major winner has already confirmed that American players competing in the LIV Golf Series will not be eligible to represent Team USA. .
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