Report: Luke Donald to be named European Ryder Cup captain

Report: Luke Donald to be named European Ryder Cup captain

Luke Donald tees off on the par 3 ninth hole during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament in Detroit July 28, 2022. — Reuters pic

Friday, 29 Jul 2022 5:07 AM MYT

LONDON, July 29 — Englishman Luke Donald will reportedly be named captain of the 2023 European Ryder Cup team, replacing LIV Golf Series defector Henrik Stenson of Sweden.

Stenson was stripped of his captaincy last week after he opted to jump to the lucrative but controversial Saudi-funded rival of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.

Donald, 44, is a four-time Ryder Cup participant (2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012) and served as a vice captain for the past two Ryder Cup competitions.

Stenson reiterated his disappointment Thursday with losing the captaincy.

“I don’t feel like I’ve given it up. I made every arrangement possible here to be able to fulfill my captain’s duties, and I’ve had great help here from LIV to be able to do that. And still, the decision was made that I was to be removed,” Stenson told reporters Thursday ahead of the LIV’s third tournament at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

“I’m obviously disappointed over the situation. But it is what it is, and yeah, we move on from there now.” According to Thursday’s report in the Telegraph, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Edoardo Molinari of Italy will retain their roles as vice captains for Team Europe.

The 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy, is scheduled from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

The United States team is the defending champion following a 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September 2021. — Field Level Media/ Reuters