Henrik Stenson confirms LIV switch but hopes to represent Team Europe at future Ryder Cups

Henrik Stenson confirms LIV switch but hopes to represent Team Europe at future Ryder Cups


Henrik Stenson has joined LIV Golf

Henrik Stenson has confirmed he is joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf International Series and says he is “disappointed” to be stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy, but hopes to represent the European side in the future.

Stenson will make his LIV Golf debut at the third event of the breakaway tour in Bedminster, New Jersey, July 29-31, joining players such as Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau on the course.

The 46-year-old was stripped of Team Europe’s Ryder Cup captaincy for the 2023 event in Italy earlier on Wednesday and revealed he had assurances from LIV Golf that he could continue in this role.

Writing on Twitter, Stenson said: “Unfortunately my decision to play in LIV events has prompted Ryder Cup Europe to communicate that it is not possible for me to continue in my role as Ryder Cup Captain.

“This despite the fact that I made specific arrangements with LIV golf, who supported my role as captain, to ensure that I could fulfill the obligations of captain. Although I do not agree with this decision , for the moment it is a decision that I accept.

“I would like to thank everyone I have worked with to prepare for Rome in 2023, I am extremely disappointed that I will not be allowed to continue in my role, but I wish you all the best in your ongoing preparations.

“I sincerely hope that a resolution between the Tours and its members can be quickly reached and that the Ryder Cup can serve as a redress mechanism between the various golf bodies and their members.

Rob Lee reacts to Henrik Stenson's announcement of LIV series and joining his position as stripped Ryder Cup captain

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Rob Lee reacts to Henrik Stenson’s announcement of LIV series and joining his position as stripped Ryder Cup captain

Rob Lee reacts to Henrik Stenson’s announcement of LIV series and joining his position as stripped Ryder Cup captain

“It goes without saying that I remain available to support Ryder Cup Europe in any way possible and I really hope that the opportunity to represent Team Europe in some capacity will arise again at some point in the future.”

Stenson was announced in March as the European successor to former captain Padraig Harrington, having made five appearances as a player before becoming vice-captain in the record defeat at Whistling Straits last September.

Stenson was linked with the breakaway circuit even before being given the role of captain for next September’s contest, although in a press conference at the time he said he was “fully committed in the captain and in the Ryder Cup Europe”.

“My decision was motivated by commercial reasons”

Henrik Stenson says he hopes to play in future Ryder Cups for Team Europe

Henrik Stenson says he hopes to play in future Ryder Cups for Team Europe

Stenson admitted his decision to join LIV Golf was influenced by the money offered and the participants he still hopes to play on the PGA and DP World Tour – both tours have currently banned all LIV Golf from their events.

Golf LIV also announced Wednesday that world number 36 Jason Kokrak and Charles Howell III will follow Stenson and join the tour.

He said: “My interest in this concept has been well documented over the past few years and despite some of the unfortunate and ongoing tensions between LIV Golf, the DP World Tour and the PGA Tours, ultimately the opportunity to play in events LIV moving forward is something I want to experience. Like many of my fellow pros, I hope my decision to play LIV events doesn’t prevent me from playing on any tour.

“In conclusion, it is clear that part of my decision to play in LIV golf events was commercially driven, but the format, timing and player caliber were also important factors. is committed to developing play and using play as a force for good.”

“I am confident that LIV Golf, like the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, will be a force for good and I am thrilled to be a part of it just as I am excited and hopeful to continue to be a part of it. of the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour.”

What was the reaction to Stenson’s decision?

Padraig Harrington says he's disappointed Henrik Stenson didn't wait until after next year's Ryder Cup to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series

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Padraig Harrington says he’s disappointed Henrik Stenson didn’t wait until after next year’s Ryder Cup to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series

Padraig Harrington says he’s disappointed Henrik Stenson didn’t wait until after next year’s Ryder Cup to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series

The man Stenson replaced as Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington, says Sky Sports News that he understands the decision but that he is disappointed that his former European teammate did not wait until after 2023 to switch to LIV.

He said: “Henrik gave us a lot of time, but I wish he had waited 15 months. Everyone has to make the right decisions financially for themselves and it wouldn’t have hurt because he signed a commitment, to wait these 15 months.

“I’m sure the same deal would have been on the table in 15 months for him. It’s a shame to leave, but apart from that he gave us a lot of time. Fifteen months is a lot of time. .for us to put someone in place, to have an idea of ​​what they’re doing and it won’t interfere at all.

Sky Sports’ Rob Lee thinks Stenson dropped the Ryder Cup Europe with his U-turn. He said: “It is a huge honor to be captain of the Ryder Cup and unfortunately for him he will no longer be the captain of the Ryder Cup. it’s for one reason, and that’s money.

“Everyone was behind Stenson, he had given assurances, and we all thought he was going to give us two years of his time, make his captain and do a really good job, but now all of a sudden he There’s been this U-turn We’ve seen that with so many players, where they say “I’m all PGA Tour” and then five minutes later they leave for LIV, so Stenson becomes one of them. “

Another former Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie, said Sky Sports News“It’s the highest honor that can be given to any player on the European Tour, captain of the Ryder Cup team. It’s a shame he even got to that position.”

Two-time European Tour winner Eddie Pepperell was unequivocal in accusing Stenson of taking the money offered on the LIV tour.

“Henrik just be honest it was a bunch of money and you couldn’t resist it like the rest of the guys,” Pepperell tweeted in response to Stenson’s statement.

“I will always love your game (especially those mid irons!) but what a disappointing thing to do.”

He later replied to another tweet: “Don’t hate it (LIV), just disappointed that the guys are joining that’s it. I think they’re thinking about their own back pockets and nothing else, which frankly I have little respect for.”

Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera didn’t mix his words when responding to Stenson’s earlier statement.

“It’s nice to see lawyers writing for the player…it’s so honest. What disappointing behavior…what a bunch of bitches…thanks for letting the Henrik team down. Brilliant. model…”, he tweeted.

Who will captain Team Europe for the Ryder Cup?

Henrik Stenson (left) was vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn at Whistling Straits

Henrik Stenson (left) was vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn at Whistling Straits

Thomas Bjorn had already been named one of Stenson’s vice-captains, having led Europe to victory in impressive fashion at Le Golf National in 2018, with the Dane a potential candidate to take on the captaincy for a second home contest successful.

Scotland Paul Lawrie was under consideration when Stenson was initially named and will likely be again, along with the former world number 1 Luke Donald A possible option having featured in four winning teams and having also acted as vice-captain twice.

Lawrie said on social media that his name was ‘never out of the hat’ to be considered captain and said Sky Sports News“I remain committed to the Tour and would love nothing more than to be the next Ryder Cup captain. Should the opportunity arise, I would see this as one of the highlights of my career.”

Edoardo Molinari was already a confirmed member of Stenson’s backstage team, before the Ryder Cup traveled to Italy for the first time, while Robert Karlson is another candidate who has been vice-captain of the two previous European teams.

What does this mean for Team Europe?

Sky Sports' Richard Beem says Henrik Stenson's removal from his role as European Ryder Cup captain is

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Sky Sports’ Richard Beem says Henrik Stenson’s stepping down as European Ryder Cup captain is ‘unfortunate’

Sky Sports’ Richard Beem says Henrik Stenson’s stepping down as European Ryder Cup captain is ‘unfortunate’

Stenson’s removal as captain comes just over 14 months after the biennial contest, with former PGA champion Rich Beem believing the change will create an unwanted distraction for Europe in their quest to win back the trophy.

“I think it’s unfortunate for the European team,” Beem said. Sky Sports News. “After the Americans got the better of them with a long shot at Whistling Straits, I don’t think the European team can have that on them too.

“Both teams are likely to change quite significantly with this LIV series, but you don’t want the next Ryder Cup on European soil to be a distraction and it’s definitely a distraction.

“It will be interesting to see exactly who joins this series next. Does it get stronger? Yeah, and I think the DP World Tour and the PGA have their hands full with what’s going on and how much money paid to these players.”

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