Henrik Stenson is named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2023


Henrik Stenson is named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2023 in Rome as the Swede faces the daunting task of wrestling back the title after the USA’s emphatic victory at Whistling Straits

  • Henrik Stenson has been announced as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2023
  • The Swede has represented Europe in the Ryder Cup five times, winning three
  • Stenson was a vice-captain under Padraig Harrington at Whistling Straits in 2021
  • The USA are the reigning champions after an empathic 19-9 victory in Wisconsin 

Henrik Stenson has been announced as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2023 tournament at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy.

The 45-year-old Swede faces the daunting task of wrestling back the title after the USA’s emphatic victory at Whistling Straits in 2021, at which Stenson was a vice-captain under Padraig Harrington.

Stenson won The Open Championship in 2016 and has represented Europe in the Ryder Cup five times, winning on three occasions and amassing 11 points.

Henrik Stenson has been announced as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2023 tournament

‘I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be the European Ryder Cup captain – it is a huge honour and I was humbled to get the call confirming the news,’ he said.

‘I would like to thank the selection panel for believing in me and will say to them, and every European golf fan, that I will do everything in my power and leave no stone unturned in the quest to get the Ryder Cup back in European hands.’

Stenson added: ‘The Ryder Cup is golf, and sport, at its very best. I got goosebumps every time I pulled on a European shirt as a player and that will be magnified in the role of captain.

‘While it is great for me personally, it is also great for my country and all the players from Sweden who have played for Europe with such distinction since Joakim Haeggman became the first in 1993.

‘When I started out as a professional golfer, it was beyond my wildest dreams that, one day, I would follow in the footsteps of legends of the game such as Seve (Ballesteros) and be the European Ryder Cup captain.

‘But today proves that, sometimes, dreams do come true.’

The 45-year-old Swede faces the daunting task of wrestling back the title from a dominant USA

The 45-year-old Swede faces the daunting task of wrestling back the title from a dominant USA

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