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Luke Donald named European Ryder Cup captain in 2023 as Briton replaces Henrik Stenson after LIV Golf departure


Luke Donald has been named European Ryder Cup captain for the 2023 Rome tournament, after Henrik Stenson was relieved of his duties.

Stenson, who was named captain on March 15, lasted just 127 days with the Swede sacked for joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

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Donald has been named the new European Ryder Cup captain

Donald, who was on the winning side in all four of his Ryder Cup appearances as a player, said: “I am incredibly proud to be named European Ryder Cup Captain for 2023.

“It really is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a golfer, to lead a team of his peers and be an ambassador for an entire continent.

“I feel extremely privileged to have been given this responsibility and it is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.

“Some of my best golf experiences have been the Ryder Cup and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. It’s an event like no other and I look forward to making more special memories in Italy next year. .

Donald’s appointment came just hours after Stenson pocketed $4.375m (about £3.5m) on his LIV debut.

The 46-year-old won the individual event and finished second in the team competition at Trump National Golf Club.


Luke Donald named European Ryder Cup captain in 2023 as Briton replaces Henrik Stenson after LIV Golf departure

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Stenson has become the latest high profile name to join the controversial LIV Golf

It was described as “the greatest F/U in golf history” on Twitter by Donald Trump Jr, whose father – former US President Donald Trump – owns the course in New Jersey.

Donald was on the winning side in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 and in 2018, where he was also vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn for victory in Paris.

The 44-year-old’s first taste of defeat in the biennial competition came in 2021 in the same role under Padraig Harrington at Whistling Straits, where the United States picked up a record 19-9 win.

Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Bernd Wiesberger all defected to the LIV Golf Series, while Americans Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka joined the controversial breakaway.

Luke Donald named European Ryder Cup captain in 2023 as Briton replaces Henrik Stenson after LIV Golf departure

Donald will aim for victory with Europe next year in Rome

The trio have been suspended from the PGA Tour and are not eligible for the Ryder Cup, but it is unclear at this stage if the European rebels will be able to participate.

DP World Tour members who took part in LIV Golf’s inaugural event have been fined £100,000 and banned from competing at the Scottish Open.

However, following a hearing before Sport Resolutions (UK) a few days before the start of the match at the Renaissance Club, Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding temporarily suspended the sanctions, pending the decision on their substantive appeals. .

As far as Poulter and Westwood are concerned, that means they are still eligible and Westwood plans to compete in the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, in September.

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