Henrik Stenson’s tenure as European Ryder Cup captain ‘comes to an end’

The Europeans are looking for a new captain for the Ryder Cup.

It comes after Ryder Cup Europe officials announced on Wednesday that Henrik Stenson would not captain the home side next year in Italy, saying in a statement that Stenson’s tenure as captain “has taken end with immediate effect”.

“In light of the decisions Henrik has made regarding his personal situation, 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. .. and therefore it is not possible for him to continue in the role of captain.

Stenson loses Ryder Cup captaincy amid LIV buzz

Stenson loses Ryder Cup captaincy amid LIV buzz

Stenson, 46, who was unveiled as Europe 2023 captain in mid-March, revealed hours after Wednesday’s announcement that he had decided to join LIV Golf, starting with the event next week at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Stenson claimed that LIV supported his role as captain and that specific arrangements were made to ensure he could fulfill both commitments if he was allowed to keep his captaincy.

“While I don’t agree with this decision, for now it’s a decision I accept,” Stenson said. “I have tremendous respect and admiration for The Ryder Cup and the people who support it and who I know are doing their utmost to act in the best interests of this historic event. I would like to thank everyone with who I have worked to date to prepare for Rome in 2023. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be allowed to continue in my role, but I wish you the best in your ongoing preparations. It’s a shame to witness of the significant uncertainty surrounding the Ryder Cup, who will be eligible to play, etc. sincerely hope that a resolution between the Tours and its members will soon be found and that the Ryder Cup can serve as a redress mechanism between the various golf bodies and their members.

“It goes without saying that I remain available to support Ryder Cup Europe in any way possible and I really hope that the opportunity to represent Team Europe in some capacity will arise again at some point in the future.”

While Ryder Cup Europe has yet to ban players who have defected from competing in the rival Saudi-backed league, it has been reported that Stenson’s captain’s contract includes language he cannot. not endorse or promote “other properties”, which included other tours, leagues, series or competitions.

Stenson addressed those contractual obligations in March: “There has been a lot of speculation back and forth, but I am fully committed to the captaincy and to the Ryder Cup Europe and the work ahead. The captain signs a contract. He’s the only one doing that. Players and vice-captains do not. But the captain has an agreement, and those agreements are between Ryder Cup Europe and the captain, so I am fully committed to my role as captain and working hard to get the result we want in Rome.

BY Brentley Romine

Henrik Stenson’s Ryder Cup captaincy is officially over, long before it started. And now Ryder Cup Europe is scrambling to find a replacement.

Stenson said Wednesday that his decision to join LIV was based on a variety of factors, and that he still plans to “support multiple tours in any way we can moving forward” as long as he isn’t prevented from do it. The PGA Tour has already banned its members who defected to LIV.

“Clearly part of my decision to play in LIV golf events was commercially driven,” Stenson explained, “but format, timing and player caliber were also important factors. I I am committed to developing the game and using it as a force for good.”

Ryder Cup Europe said confirmation of its new captain “would be made in due course” and would not comment further on “any aspect of the process until then”.

As for a potential replacement: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell were once considered good bets to lead teams one day, but all three have since signed with LIV. Luke Donald, Paul Lawrie and even former captain Thomas Bjorn, one of Stenson’s vice captains, are all options.

Last year’s captain Padraig Harrington said earlier this month he doesn’t see himself coaching another team.

Leave a Comment