In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Henrik Stenson confirmed that he was joining the League funded by Saudi petrodollars and regretted his inevitable ouster as Ryder Cup captain. A terrible blow for the European Tour.
That was little more in doubt after Swede Henrik Stenson was stripped of his role as captain of the next RyderCup.
The winner of The Open in 2016 in Troon said yes to calls from Greg Norman to join the LIV Golf.
He will be at the start of the next tournament at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster at the end of the month.
In a letter published on social networks, Stenson tried to justify his choice with very “weak” arguments.
” In the end, the opportunity to play in the events of the LIV in the future is something I want to experience. »
Words that do not pass for many of his fans, many players on the circuit and observers.
Who can really believe that playing a shot gun over 54 holes as a team in exhibition tournaments is so exciting that it deserves to give up the prestigious position of Ryder Cup captain?
Some even wonder if Stenson did not accept the captaincy to raise the stakes and thus obtain a higher offer from the Saudis, too happy to “decapitate” the Ryder Cup.
— Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) July 20, 2022
The Gothenburg player does not hide that the financial aspect took an important part in his choice. “ Clearly part of my decision to play in golf events LIV was driven by economics, but the format, timing and caliber of players already in attendance were also important factors. »
In this long letter, Stenson also expresses his disagreement with his ousting as Ryder Cup captain for Rome 2023. A decision he finds unfair and which he believes was not necessary.
We can guess by reading his words that he was opposed to the sanctions imposed by the two major circuits and the authorities in charge of the event which jeopardize the future of the competition.
” Unfortunately, my decision to participate in the events LIV prompted the European Ryder Cup to communicate that it is not possible for me to continue in my role as captain of the RyderCup. This despite the fact that I have made specific arrangements with the LIV to ensure that I can fulfill the obligations of the captaincy laments Stenson who explains further that he will continue to engage with the R&A to develop a series of tournaments for people with disabilities in Sweden.
He adds that he will continue his actions with Fanny Sunesson through the events organized for juniors by the former cadet. He also says he remains very attached to the Scandinavian Mixed which he supports with Annika Sorenstam (a DP World Tour event).