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Henrik Stenson Named European Captain For 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome

Stenson, a six-time PGA Tour winner, becomes the first Swede to be named Captain for Europe.

Henrik Stenson Ryder Cup Europe
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Europe officially has its new leader for the 2023 Ryder Cup. Henrik Stenson was announced as Europe’s captain early Tuesday morning, coming just a few weeks after Zach Johnson was named captain for the United States. The two former Major winners will lead their respective countries at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome for the 44th Ryder Cup Matches.

“I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be the European Ryder Cup Captain. It is a huge honor, and I was humbled to get the call confirming the news,” Stenson said in a statement on Tuesday. “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.”

Of course, the U.S. dominated the most recent Ryder Cup event, winning 19-9 at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin. However, Europe has won each of the last six events on home soil, with the U.S. last winning in 1993 at The Belfry. Stenson, 45, will look to keep that streak intact for the Europeans in September of 2023.

As a player, Stenson took part in five Ryder Cups for Europe (2006, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2018), amassing 11 points and being part of three winning teams. Stenson served as a vice captain under Padraig Harrington during the 2021 Ryder Cup as well.

“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.”

With the U.S. winning in record fashion at Whistling Straights, Stenson will have a series of tough decisions on his hands. Will he continue to use veteran players such as Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, and Sergio Garcia? Or will Stenson elect to go with a younger roster, which Harrington seemingly passed on in 2021?

The 2023 Ryder Cup is currently set for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, 2023. Can’t wait!

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