August 13, 2022

Luke Donald has been named Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for subsequent yr’s contest in Rome after Henrik Stenson was stripped of the function.

Stenson was appointed captain on March 15, however the Swede’s tenure lasted simply 127 days earlier than he was sacked for breaking his contract by becoming a member of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf sequence.

Donald, who was on the successful facet in all 4 of his Ryder Cup appearances as a participant, mentioned: ‘I’m extremely proud to be named European Ryder Cup captain for 2023.

Luke Donald poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after being confirmed as Europe’s captain

Donald was joined by European Ryder Cup Director Guy Kinnings in Florida on Monday

Donald was joined by European Ryder Cup Director Man Kinnings in Florida on Monday

‘It’s actually one of many best honours that may be bestowed upon a golfer, to steer a staff of your friends and be an envoy for a complete continent.

‘I really feel extraordinarily privileged to have been on condition that accountability and it’s a accountability I don’t take calmly.

‘A few of my finest experiences in golf have been within the Ryder Cup and I’d not swap these for something. It’s an occasion like no different and I can not wait to create extra particular reminiscences in Italy subsequent yr.’

Donald’s appointment got here simply hours after Stenson pocketed 4.375million US {dollars} (£3.5million) on his LIV debut, the 46-year-old successful the person occasion and ending second within the staff competitors at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership.

Donald will replace Henrik Stenson and lead team Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup

Donald will substitute Henrik Stenson and lead staff Europe within the 2023 Ryder Cup

That was described as ‘the best F/U within the historical past of Golf’ on Twitter by Donald Trump Jr, whose father – former US president Donald Trump – owns the course in New Jersey.

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Donald was on the successful facet in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 and was additionally a vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn for the 2018 win in Paris.

The 44-year-old’s first style of defeat within the biennial contest got here in the identical function underneath Padraig Harrington at Whistling Straits final yr, when the US stormed to a document 19-9 victory.

5 members of the European staff have defected to LIV – Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Bernd Wiesberger – whereas People Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka have joined the controversial breakaway.

The trio have been indefinitely suspended from the PGA Tour and are subsequently, as issues stand, ineligible for the Ryder Cup, whereas it stays unclear if the European rebels will be capable to qualify.

DP World Tour members who performed within the inaugural LIV Golf occasion had been fined £100,000 and banned from competing within the Scottish Open.

Nevertheless, following a listening to earlier than Sport Resolutions (UK) days earlier than play received underneath approach on the Renaissance Membership, Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding had the punishments quickly stayed, pending dedication of their substantive appeals.So far as Poulter and Westwood are involved, meaning they’re nonetheless eligible and Westwood plans to play within the Tour’s flagship occasion, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, in September.

Stenson had been appointed in March, describing it as ‘past my wildest desires’. However on Thursday, he gave a press convention in New Jersey forward of his LIV debut at Donald Trump’s Bedminster course.

‘I’m clearly disenchanted over the scenario,’ Stenson mentioned.

‘I don’t really feel like I’ve given the captaincy up. I made each association potential right here to have the ability to fulfil my captain’s duties, and I’ve had nice assist from LIV to have the ability to try this. And nonetheless, the choice was made that I used to be to be eliminated.’

Stenson conceded that cash performed a job in his defection however pleaded privateness when requested whether or not his Ryder Cup contract stipulated he couldn’t be part of a rival tour. Nor did he deny that he may discover authorized avenues.