Luke Donald named European captain for 2023 Ryder Cup after Henrik Stenson joins LIV Golf


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Seven-time European Tour winner Luke Donald has officially replaced Henrik Stenson as captain of the European Ryder Cup team next year after Stenson was stripped of his title last month following his decision to join rival Saudi-backed golf league LIV.

Donald, who was previously vice-captain at last two Ryder Cupsmade the official announcement on Monday.

Captain Luke Donald of the 2023 European Ryder Cup poses for a portrait on August 1, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“It is truly one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a golfer, to lead a team of his peers and to be an ambassador for an entire continent,” he said in a statement. “I feel extremely privileged to have been given this responsibility and it is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.”

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Donald’s search did not last long.

Ryder Cup Europe announced on July 20 that following reports that Stenson had joined LIV Golf ahead of his third tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, NJ, he would no longer be captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco. Simone Golf and Country Club. in Rome.

Majesticks GC's Henrik Stenson plays an approach shot on the 18th hole during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Majesticks GC’s Henrik Stenson plays an approach shot on the 18th hole during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

“In light of the decisions Henrik has made in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe to which he committed prior to his announcement as captain on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and therefore it is not possible for him to continue in the role of Captain.”

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In his official announcement, Stenson argued that the opposite was true.

“As many of you have already seen, unfortunately my decision to participate in LIV events has prompted Ryder Cup Europe to communicate that it is not possible for me to continue in my role as Ryder Cup Captain. “, reads its press release. “This despite the fact that I have made specific arrangements with LIV Golf, who have supported me in my role as captain, to ensure that I can fulfill the obligations of the captaincy.”

Henrik Stenson of Majesticks GC poses with the individual first place trophy after winning day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Henrik Stenson of Majesticks GC poses with the individual first place trophy after winning day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

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Stenson, perhaps fueled by his withdrawal, exceeded expectations on his LIV Golf debut last weekend, winning the tournament by two strokes over Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolf.

His reward? A winner’s purse of $4 million and an additional $375,000 for his team’s second place finish.


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