Ryder Cup Europe have released a bombshell statement confirming that Henrik Stenson has been stripped of his role as captain for the 2023 tournament after opting to join the Saudi-backed LIV series.
Stenson’s decision to defect to the new mega-rich breakaway tour has not yet been confirmed by LIV or the .er, but Sportsmail reported on Tuesday night that the decision was set to be announced this week, with the Swede set to take a sign-on fee in the region of £40million.
In a statement posted on their website, Ryder Cup Europe confirmed: ‘Henrik Stenson’s tenure as Captain of Team Europe for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy from September 25 – October 1, 2023, has been brought to an end with immediate effect.
‘In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he had committed to prior to his announcement as Captain on Tuesday March 15, 2022, and it is t.fore not possible for him to continue in the role of Captain.
‘Confirmation of the new 2023 European Ryder Cup Captain will be made in due course. Ryder Cup Europe will be making no further comment on any aspect of the process until that time.’
It is as yet unclear whether the Ryder Cup will allow .ers to participate for Team USA and Team Europe if they are also .ing on the LIV Golf tour, but this is the first stand made by one of the teams in terms of their captaincy.
The likes of Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell all legends of previous European success at the Ryder Cup have all confirmed their defection to LIV in recent weeks, sparking huge controversy.
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On the American side, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka are among the names participating in the breakaway league, leaving a potentially disastrous situation for the Ryder Cup in 2023.
Tournament organisers are likely to be left with a huge decision over whether to allow LIV .ers to participate, or to take a hard-line stance and ban them completely t.fore leaving a whole host of big names out of the event in Italy.
Stenson’s decision to join the LIV Golf tour is a huge coup for the Greg Norman-fronted series, perhaps their biggest to date given Stenson’s previous Ryder Cup commitments.
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