The Europeans are looking for a new Ryder Cup captain.
It comes after European Ryder Cup officials announced on Wednesday that Henrik Stenson will not be captain of next year’s home team in Italy, saying in a press release that Stenson’s tenure as captain “has been immediately terminated”.
“In light of the decisions made by Henrik due to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he assumed prior to his announcement as captain… and therefore it is not possible for him to continue as captain.”
Stenson, 46, who was named captain of the 2023 Europe team in mid-March, revealed hours after Wednesday’s announcement that he had decided to join LIV Golf, starting with next week’s event at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New York. Jersey. Stenson claimed that the LIV was supportive of his role as captain and that special arrangements were made to ensure that he could fulfill both obligations if he was allowed to retain the captaincy.
“While I do not agree with this decision, for the moment this is the decision I make,” Stenson said. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for the Ryder Cup and the people I know are behind it and doing their best to act in the best interests of this historic event. I want to thank everyone I have worked with so far to prepare for Rome 2023. I am very disappointed that I am not allowed to continue in my role, but I wish you all the best in your current preparations. It is frustrating to see the considerable uncertainty surrounding the Ryder Cup, who will be eligible to play etc. We sincerely hope that an agreement between the tours and its members will be reached soon and that the Ryder Cup can serve as a mechanism to restore relations between the various golf courses. organizations and their members.
“It goes without saying that I remain ready to support the Ryder Cup in Europe in every possible way and I really hope that at some point in the future I will again have the opportunity to represent the European team in some capacity.”
While Ryder Cup Europe still has not banned players who defected from competing in the rival Saudi-backed league, it has been reported that Captain Stenson’s contract included language that he could not support or promote “other properties” including other tours, leagues, series or competitions.
Stenson addressed those contractual obligations in March: “There has been a lot of speculation back and forth, but I am fully committed to the captain, the Ryder Cup in Europe and the job. The captain signs the contract. He is the only one who does this. Players and vice-captains do not. But the captain has an agreement and those agreements are between Ryder Cup Europe and the captain, so I am fully committed to my role as captain and working hard to achieve the result we want in Rome.”
On Wednesday, Stenson said his decision to join the LIV was driven by a number of factors, and he still planned to “support multiple tours in every possible way going forward” until he was banned from doing so. The PGA Tour has already banned its members who defected to the LIV side.
“Obviously my decision to play LIV golf was partly driven by commercial considerations,” Stenson explained, “but the format, schedule, and level of players were also important factors. the power of good.”
Ryder Cup Europe stated that the confirmation of its new captain “will be done in due course” and that it will not comment on “any aspect of the process” until then.
As for potential replacements, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell were once considered good candidates for team captains, but all three have since signed with LIV. Luke Donald, Paul Laurie, and even former captain Thomas Bjorn, one of Stenson’s vice-captains, are all options.
Last year’s captain Padraig Harrington said earlier this month that he doesn’t see himself in charge of another team.
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