As expected for a few weeks, Henrik Stenson is no longer the captain of the European Ryder Cup team. The 46-year-old Swede will not lead the challenger team in Rome in September 2023. ” with immediate effect “as a tweet from Ryder Cup Europe clarified this morning.
The European committee immediately published this press release, without specifying the new commitments of its now ex-captain: “In light of the decisions Henrik has made regarding his personal situation, it has become apparent that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he committed to prior to his announcement as captain, on Tuesday March 15, 2022. It is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of captain. »
Europe without its figureheads
The former winner of the British Open (2016) should soon join the ranks of LIV Golf, whose next stage will be played in Bedminster (New Jersey), from July 29 to 31. With Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia already gone to the Saudi fund camp, Europe is now deprived of four of its greatest players of the past three decades, all potential captains for future editions.
Stenson had however declared upon his appointment: “When I started out as a professional golfer, I never imagined that one day I would be following in the footsteps of legends of the game such as Seve (Ballesteros) and that I would be the European captain of the Ryder Cup. But today proves that sometimes dreams do come true. »