Why has Henrik Stenson been removed as Ryder Cup captain?

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The 46-year-old Swede is close to signing with LIV Golf Invitational Days after Cameron Smith won The Open 2022.

After subsequent discussions with Ryder Cup Europe officials, the decision was then made to replace Stenson as captain.

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The Ryder Cup is scheduled to take place at the end of September 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Guidonia Montecelio near Rome.

The Ryder Cup Europe released a statement saying: “It is not possible for him to continue in the role of captain.

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“His tenure as captain has ended with immediate effect.”

They added that the decision was made “in the light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances” and that “it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe”.

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Stenson would be the latest of many golfers to make the controversial move to the Saudi-backed golf league and as such could face the fallout from the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour – if the move is complete.

What did Henrik Stenson say?

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This isn’t the first time the Swede has been linked with a move to the LIV series. Ahead of the 2023 Ryder Cup announcement, Stenson said: “There has been a lot of rumor and speculation in the media for a long period of time.

Stenson celebrates his Open win in 2016

“And as I said to the board and to the Ryder Cup Europe, I was fully committed to being captain and giving the team the best possible result. That’s what they’ve been concentrating on – and full steam ahead towards Rome.

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“There is a captain’s agreement that every captain signs and I signed one too. I think actions speak louder than words.”

He has not responded to the recent news of his ending the captaincy.

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Who is Henrik Stenson?

Stenson, the “Iceman”, hails from Gothenburg, Sweden and turned pro in 1998. Since then he has won six PGA Tour events and eleven European Tour tournaments.

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In 2016, Stenson won The Open Championship and previously finished third at the PGA Championship in 2013 and 2014.

His win at The Open earned him the first male Swedish and first male Nordic major champion.

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The 46-year-old Swede already enjoyed a career best of 2 in 2014 and was Swedish Golfer of the Year five times.

Who should replace Henrik Stenson?

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So far, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and England’s Luke Donald appear to be the top picks to replace Stenson as Ryder Cup captain, but new names will no doubt emerge in the coming days.

Donald is a former world number one and held the top ranking for 56 weeks in 2011. In his 21-year career, he has celebrated 17 professional wins.

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Although he has never won a major, Donald has placed third at the Masters Tournament and PGA Championships, fifth at The Open, and eighth at the US Open.

Who else attended the LIV Golf Invitational?

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Stenson would join an ever-growing list of world-class players if he signed at the LIV Invitational.

So far the Saudi-backed league, which will host the next event in Bedminster next weekend, has claimed the likes of Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood – the latter three all of whom are eagerly awaited Ryder Cup to become captains for Europe themselves.

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2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama, and Asia’s biggest name in golf, is also expected to join the LIV ranks.

Cameron Smith, the recent winner of the 2022 Open in St Andrews, has also refused to rule out joining the Saudi-backed company, but many believe that will follow FedEX and the Presidents Cup later this year could take place.

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