Stenson unveiled as European Ryder Cup Captain

by Ronan MacNamara  

Henrik Stenson by Golffile

Henrik Stenson has been announced as the European Captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome.

The 45-year-old becomes the first Swede to lead the blue and gold and succeeds Pádraig Harrington after acting as Vice-Captain in Wisconsin last September.

Stenson was selected by a five-man panel including Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke while DP World Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley and Tournament Committee Chairman David Howell completed the selection committee.

The 2016 Open champion made five Ryder Cup appearances helping Europe to victory on three occasions with his last appearance coming at Le Golf National in 2018.

Stenson made his Ryder Cup debut at the K Club in 2006 and secured the winning point as Ian Woosnam’s Europe put in a dominant display beating Tom Lehman’s USA 18.5 to 9.5.

He also starred on the winning 2014 and 2018 sides and his two other appearances came in Valhalla in 2008 and Hazeltine in 2016.

In total, the two-time European number one earned eleven points form nineteen matches including a 100% record at Le Golf National where he formed a superb partnership with Justin Rose. The duo downed Rickie Fowler/Dustin Johnson and Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka on the Friday and Saturday foursomes.

A singles victory over Bubba Watson completed a clean sweep for the Scandinavian.

Stenson has a glittering CV with 17 worldwide wins including becoming Sweden’s maiden major winner at the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon after a record final round 63 to topple Phil Mickelson.

He also has an Olympic Silver Medal a World Cup of Golf win a WGC Match Play title and won the 2009 Players Championship.

Stenson said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be the European Ryder Cup Captain – it is a huge honour and I was humbled to get the call confirming the news. I would like to thank the selection panel for believing in me and will say to them, and every European golf fan, that I will do everything in my power and leave no stone unturned in the quest to get the Ryder Cup back in European hands.

“The Ryder Cup is golf, and sport, at its very best. I got goosebumps every time I pulled on a European shirt as a player and that will be magnified in the role of Captain. While it is great for me personally, it is also great for my country and all the players from Sweden who have played for Europe with such distinction since Joakim Haeggman became the first in 1993.

“When I started out as a professional golfer, it was beyond my wildest dreams that, one day, I would follow in the footsteps of legends of the game such as Seve and be the European Ryder Cup Captain. But today proves that, sometimes, dreams do come true.”


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