BREAKING: Luke Donald confirmed as Ryder Cup captain

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Luke Donald will captain Europe at subsequent yr’s Ryder Cup following the departure of Henrik Stenson.

Ryder Cup Europe, the physique which governs the biennial match on this aspect of the Atlantic, confirmed the long-rumoured information on Monday afternoon.

It means the 44-year-old will take over from Stenson, who was dramatically stripped of the position shortly earlier than being introduced as a LIV Golf participant.

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“I’m extremely proud to be named European Ryder Cup captain for 2023,” Donald mentioned.

“It’s actually one of many best honours that may be bestowed upon a golfer, to guide a crew of your friends and be an envoy for a whole continent. 

“I really feel extraordinarily privileged to have been provided that duty and it’s a duty I don’t take frivolously. 

“A few of my finest experiences in golf have been within the Ryder Cup and I’d not swap these for something. It’s an occasion like no different and I can not wait to create extra particular reminiscences in Italy subsequent yr.

“I really like all the pieces the Ryder Cup embodies, from the camaraderie and companionship of being a part of a crew, to the historical past of the competition, however most of all enjoying for one thing larger than your self. 

“Rome can be a unbelievable host metropolis, and I’ve all the time loved spending time there. It’s a metropolis wealthy in historical past and hopefully we will create a few of our personal in 14 months’ time.”

Donald, a veteran of 4 matches, was by no means a part of a dropping aspect as a participant and was a part of the 2012 crew which delivered the Miracle at Medinah.

He has additionally served as a vice-captain on two events, beneath Thomas Bjorn in 2018 and Padraig Harrington in 2021.

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He was in rivalry for the highest job earlier this yr alongside fellow veterans Paul Lawrie and Robert Karlsson earlier than Ryder Cup Europe opted for Stenson.

Final week, when requested about studies linking him with the position, Donald pledged his “full loyalty” to the captaincy if he was named skipper and mentioned he “wouldn’t be doing a Henrik” by becoming a member of the LIV Sequence.

“Luke is a former World Quantity One who possesses an outstanding Ryder Cup file, so he undoubtedly has the credentials required to be a profitable European captain,” mentioned European Ryder Cup director Man Kinnings.

“He’s massively revered by the gamers and by the broader assist crew at Ryder Cup Europe who’ve already executed an immense quantity of labor behind the scenes to provide him a powerful platform for the remaining 14 months earlier than the match will get underway.

“We’ve continued the custom of shifting ahead with gamers within the position of captain who’ve excelled within the Ryder Cup area; and when it comes to Luke, we’re combining that have with sturdy management and a meticulous strategy. On behalf of everybody at Ryder Cup Europe, we look ahead to totally supporting him within the quest to reclaim the Ryder Cup subsequent yr.”

Donald additionally confirmed Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari, who had been named vice-captains by Stenson previous to his sacking, will stay of their posts.

“In my view, it was important that Thomas and Edoardo remained a part of the crew,” he mentioned. 

“They had been the primary two calls I made as soon as I acquired the nod to be captain and I’m delighted that they’re totally on-board.

“No person wants any rationalization of how vital Thomas is to the Ryder Cup – one look on the historical past books will present you that. He has lived and breathed European golf for the previous 30 years and having his know-how behind me, not least as a successful captain, can be very important.

“Moreover, Edoardo has blazed a formidable path for himself on this planet of stats and his data on this space with the gamers who can be on the crew, along with extra-special Italian component he’ll carry to the whole event, is an additional bonus for Crew Europe.”

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