Ryder Cup: Luke Donald named European captain, changing Henrik Stenson

Donald (left) was one in every of Padraig Harrington’s vice-captains in final yr’s Ryder Cup defeat at Whistling Straits.

Luke Donald has pledged his loyalty to Europe after being appointed Ryder Cup supervisor, changing Henrik Stenson who was sacked for switching to LIV Golf.

The previous worldwide will lead Europe’s bid to win the trophy from america in Rome in 2023.

He was handed over for the function when Stenson was appointed in March.

Donald tweeted that he was “delighted and honoured” to be named captain, including that he was “trying ahead to getting my workforce prepared for Roma”.

He takes unprecedented positions in Stenson’s model of hard-hitting model that dominates males’s golf.

The Swede was stripped of the captaincy after simply 127 days as he signed a reported £40m take care of Saudi Arabia-backed LIV.

On Sunday, the 46-year-old Swede claimed a £3.3m winner’s test with a double win in his first look at LIV Bedminster, New Jersey.

Donald is the primary English supervisor since Sir Nick Faldo, who led a dropping aspect in 2008. The 44-year-old was re-inquired for the job shortly after Stenson was stored out for weeks the final two.

Thomas Bjorn, the final supervisor to win in Europe in 2018, was additionally taken together with Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and Swede Robert Karlsson.

The younger captain performed in 4 Ryder Cups from 2004 to 2012 and was on the profitable aspect on every event.

In his skilled profession, Donald additionally featured in two Walker Cup profitable groups for Nice Britain and Eire.

He was Bjorn’s assistant in Paris 4 years in the past and was additionally a part of the backline led by Padraig Harrington in a file 19-9 win at Whistling Straits in 2021.

4 members of that workforce, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Bernd Wiesberger are employed by LIV Golf and it isn’t clear if they are going to be there to play in Italy.

The American aspect misplaced Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed within the LIV sequence.

Donald, who received seven occasions on the European Tour, collected 17 skilled titles and spent 56 weeks on the high of the world golf rankings.

A quiet, unflappable particular person, he faces a equally decided participant in Zach Johnson who’s america captain for the primary time for the Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership from September 29, 2023.

The 46-year-old Iowan has appeared on the one workforce to win 5 Ryder Cup tournaments.

Bjorn and Italian Edoardo Molinari have been appointed by Stenson as vice-captains and are anticipated to proceed in these roles.

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