Sources confirm Henrik Stenson is out as Ryder Cup captain
Ricky Gray | July 21, 2022
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Stenson is said to be preparing to join LIV Golf.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ryder Cup Europe confirmed that Henrik Stenson would not serve as its captain next year. This means he won’t be attending the 2023 Ryder Cup.
The statement reads: “In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe,”
The statement went on to say, “that he had committed to prior to his announcement as captain on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and it is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of captain.”
This move comes on the heels of several announcements regarding players leaving for LIV Golf. Just yesterday, golf personality David Feherty left NBC to join LIV Golf as well.
Both Stenson and England's Paul Casey are expected to debut in the next LIV Golf Invitational Series event at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey on July 29.
The Ryder Cup European team has lost several players including Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, and Lee Westwood. Each of these players has made the transition to LIV Golf as well.
There are still three slots open at the LIV Golf Invitational and the remaining spots are expected to be announced by the end of the week.
The Ryder Cup team said a new captain would be named "in due course." There are a few players considered to be in the running for the spot. England's Luke Donald, Scotland's Paul Lawrie, Sweden's Robert Karlsson and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn could become captain.
The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club will host the Ryder Cup from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2023.