Former world No 1 Luke Donald to be named Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain after Henrik Stenson was stripped following his defection to Saudi-backed LIV Golf
- Luke Donald is expected to replace Henrik Stenson as Europe’s captain
- Donald will lead Europe as they look to win back the Ryder Cup after 2021 defeat
- Stenson was deposed as captain after signing with LIV earlier this month
Luke Donald is set to be named Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain next week, replacing the deposed Henrik Stenson who is demanding fair treatment after his defection to LIV Golf.
Donald, 44, who played in four Ryder Cups, is set to take charge of next year’s meeting with the United States in Rome.
Stenson was stripped of the captaincy after signing with the controversial Saudi-backed breakaway earlier this month.
Luke Donald is set to replace Henrik Stenson and lead team Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup
The Swede was appointed in March, describing it as ‘beyond my wildest dreams’. But on Thursday, he gave a press conference in New Jersey ahead of his LIV debut at Donald Trump’s Bedminster course.
‘I’m obviously disappointed over the situation,’ Stenson said.
‘I don’t feel like I’ve given the captaincy up. I made every arrangement possible here to be able to fulfil my captain’s duties, and I’ve had great help from LIV to be able to do that. And still, the decision was made that I was to be removed.’
Stenson has expressed his disappointment over being stripped of the Europe captaincy
Stenson conceded that money played a role in his defection but pleaded privacy when asked whether his Ryder Cup contract stipulated he could not join a rival tour. Nor did he deny that he could explore legal avenues.
All of Stenson, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter await confirmation on what defection means for their Ryder Cup futures.
‘I just expect to be treated fairly depending on what the outcomes are in this whole case, and it is yet to be seen what decisions are to be made and when we will be notified of anything,’ he said.
‘It’s a shame that we ended up in this situation, and I just hope that we can get a resolution as soon as possible.’
And on Donald’s impending appointment, Stenson added: ‘That’s news to me… I don’t feel like I should comment on that until that’s official.’
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