Luke Donald is confirmed as Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain, with Englishman replacing sacked Henrik Stenson following LIV scandal after he defected to Saudi-backed competition
- Former world No 1 Luke Donald has replaced 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 has been named Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for next year’s contest in Rome after Henrik Stenson was stripped of the role.
Stenson was appointed captain on March 15, but the Swede’s tenure lasted just 127 days before he was sacked for breaking his contract by joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Donald was on the winning side in all four of his Ryder Cup appearances as a player, including the record victories in 2004 and 2006 and 2012’s ‘Miracle at Medinah’, where he won the opening singles match against Bubba Watson.
Luke Donald poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after being confirmed as Europe’s captain
Donald was joined by European Ryder Cup Director Guy Kinnings in Florida on Monday
Stenson had been 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 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.
Henrik Stenson expressed his disappointment over being stripped of the Europe captaincy