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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Stenson pursues Saudi tour, removed as Ryder Cup captain

Henrik Stenson was sacked as Ryder Cup captain for Europe, choosing guaranteed money given by the Saudi-funded rival league to lead his team in the most famous event in the European Tour schedule.

There are three additions to the LIV golf series for their next 54-hole tournament at Trump National in New Jersey next week and Sky Sports said Stenson will be leaving for the rival league.

It meant giving up a captaincy that he accepted four months ago when he said, “I am fully committed to my role as a captain and working hard for the result we want in Rome. “

Americans are coming out in the Whistling Strait breaking records last year. The Ryder Cup next match will go to Marco Simone outside Rome in 2023.

The European Tour did not mention LIV Golf in its brief statement on Wednesday after meeting the Swedish star, only that Stenson’s captaincy has been “terminated with immediate effect.”

“In light of decisions made by Henrik regarding his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations for Ryder Cup Europe, which he has taken as captain,” the statement read. I had made before my announcement.” ,

Luke Donald was also considered as the European captain when Stenson was given the task. Robert Carlsen was also an option and it would be surprising if Europe went back to Thomas Bjorn, the winning captain and Europe’s strongest voice in France in 2018.

Stenson is ranked 171st in the world and it’s been five years since he won the tournament against more than 20 players. He fits the profiles of many of the players Greg Norman has signed up for his LIV golf series – major champions whose best days are behind him.

He was considered the ideal candidate for the Saudis, but had to weigh cash against his legacy as Ryder Cup captain. He chose one, then the other.

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