Henrik Stenson joins Lev Golf: 2023 Ryder Cup captain stripped after defecting to Saudi-backed league

Another big tournament winner made the jump to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, and in doing so, he already suffered direct consequences. The European Ryder Cup confirmed, on Wednesday, the dismissal of Henrik Stenson from the position of its captain in the Ryder Cup 2023 tournament in Rome. The 46-year-old is the latest European to switch allegiances and join former Ryder Cup teammates Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell with PGA Tour and DP World Tour competitors.

“In light of the decisions Henrik has made in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to the Ryder Cup Europe which he undertook prior to his being announced as captain on Tuesday, 15 March. In a statement, Ryder said: “In 2022, and therefore cannot continue in the captain’s role.”

Stenson responded later in the day confirming his move to Liv, and expressed his disappointment with Ryder’s European Cup decision to sack him as captain of the European team in 2023.

“As many of you have seen, unfortunately, my decision to play in the LIV events led Ryder Cup Europe to report that it was not possible for me to continue in my role as Ryder Cup captain,” Stenson wrote. “This is despite making specific arrangements with LIV Golf, who have been supportive of my role as captain to make sure I can fulfill the captain’s obligations. While I do not agree with this decision, at the moment it is one I agree with. I have great respect and admiration for the Ryder Cup, and those people Those behind it whom I know are doing their best to work in the interest of the historic event. I want to thank everyone I have worked with so far to prepare for Roma in 2023, I am very disappointed not to be allowed to continue in my role but wish you all the best in your continued preparations.

“It is a shame to see the great uncertainty surrounding the Ryder Cup, who will be eligible to play etc. I sincerely hope that a solution will be found between the Tours and their members soon and that the Ryder Cup will serve as a mechanism for repair between the various Tours and their members.”

This all obviously goes against what Stinson said earlier this year when asked if there are any breakaway circles on his agenda later in 2022. A lot can change (and has already happened) in a short period of time. Here’s what Stinson had to say in March after receiving the Captain.

“There has been a lot of speculation back and forth and, as I said, I am fully committed to the leadership, the European Ryder Cup and the job at hand,” said Stenson. “So we will continue to be busy with that and I will do everything in my power to present a winning team in Rome.”

He also said that for him the Ryder Cup was the experience of a lifetime.

“The Ryder Cup is golf and sport at its best,” said Stenson. “I would get goosebumps every time I put on a European jersey as a player, and it would only swell into the captain’s role.” “While it’s great for me personally, it’s also great for my country and all the players from Sweden who have played for Europe with such distinction since Joachim Heigmann became their first player in 1993.”

Stenson added: “When I started out as a professional golfer, it was far from my wildest dreams that I would one day follow in the footsteps of game legends like Saif and be the captain of the European Ryder Cup. But today that proves it, dreams sometimes don’t come true.”

He has since added the 2016 Open Champion to the wheelhouse by confirming Thomas Bjorn and Eduardo Molinari as deputy captains. With Stenson absent, Bjorn is likely to become the next man as the Dane led the European Ryder Cup team to victory in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris, France, and may lead their efforts to reclaim the trophy in Rome. Luke Donald was also rumored to be in the running.

Stenson’s decision comes as a slight surprise, as he is ceding not only the Ryder Cup captain but also potential playing privileges on the PGA Tour and possibly even the DP World Tour – where he co-hosted the Scandinavian mixed tournament with Anika Sorenstam.

However, this is a coup for LIV Golf. Stenson’s game has waned in recent years, but continuing to shed all the lions in the previous European Ryder Cup not only gives them some marketing points but also eliminates the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour), which owns the European side of the Ryder Cup.

At the moment, the dollar amount that Stenson will receive from LIV Golf is unknown. From a financial perspective, this makes sense for the Swede, as he was one of the many victims who lost a significant portion of his fortune to the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme. While he described the loss as a “large portion” of his savings, it was later revealed that Stenson had lost nearly $8 million.

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