Ryder Cup – Name Luke Donald as Team Europe Captain

England’s Luke Donald was named captain of the 2023 European Ryder Cup on Monday, replacing Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who was stripped of the captaincy after joining the new LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Donald, who was part of four European winning teams as a player, will lead the team at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club outside of Rome, from September 25 to October 25. 1, 2023.

“I am extremely proud to have been named captain of the 2023 European Ryder Cup,” Donald said in a statement. “It truly is one of the greatest honors that can be given to a golfer, to lead a team of your peers and to be an ambassador for an entire continent. I feel very privileged to take on this responsibility and it is a responsibility that I do not take very seriously.”

Stenson was sacked as Ryder Cup captain after signing with LIV Golf on July 20. Stenson won the LIV Golf event this past weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Raised over $4 million in prize money.

“I think we can agree that I played like the captain,” Stenson said during the LIV Golf telecast on Sunday after finishing in 11-under 202.

Donald, 44, was the No. 1 player in the world for 56 weeks, starting in May 2011. The former Northwestern star has won five times on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2012, and seven times on the European Tour.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Italy’s Eduardo Molinari will serve as Vice-Captain of Donald in Rome. Zach Johnson will be captain of the US team.

“Some of my best golf experiences have been in the Ryder Cup and I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Donald said. “It is an event like no other and I can’t wait to create more special memories in Italy next year. I love everything that the Ryder Cup embodies, from the camaraderie and companionship of being part of a team, to the history of the competition, but most of all playing for something bigger than you.”

The US team won the 2021 Ryder Cup with a score of 19-9 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. It was the largest margin of defeat in the Ryder Cup since 1967.

Many of the most prominent European players who have competed in Whistling Straits have also joined LIV Golf, including Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter.

“Luke is a former world number one and has an impressive Ryder Cup record, so he undoubtedly possesses the qualifications required to be a successful European leader,” European Ryder Cup director Jay Kennings said in a statement. “He is greatly respected by the players and the wider support team at Ryder Cup Europe who have already done a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes to give him a solid platform for the remaining 14 months before the match begins.”

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