On Monday, the information we’d been anticipating lastly arrived.
Luke Donald will lead Europe at subsequent yr’s Ryder Cup following Henrik Stenson’s dramatic removing as captain.
The four-time veteran, who was by no means on a shedding aspect as a participant and has been a vice-captain on two events, has 14 months to show the continent’s fortunes spherical after final yr’s record-breaking defeat at Whistling Straits.
After the announcement was made, Donald – who had been into consideration together with Paul Lawrie and Robert Karlsson earlier than Ryder Cup Europe opted for Stenson earlier this yr – described himself as “extremely proud” to have been handed the highest job.
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“It’s actually one of many biggest honours that may be bestowed upon a golfer, to guide a group of your friends and be an envoy for a whole continent,” he stated.
“I like every part the Ryder Cup embodies, from the camaraderie and companionship of being a part of a group, to the historical past of the competition, however most of all taking part in for one thing larger than your self.”
As common, social media was fast to react after the information broke.
Present and former tour professionals have been amongst these to present their ideas, in addition to members of the US setup.
Check out among the greatest response under…
So completely happy for @RyderCupEurope to call such an excellent Captain in @LukeDonald!
He will likely be unbelievable and he’ll carry plenty of Ryder Cup expertise, inspiration and willpower into our group!
— Edoardo Molinari (@DodoMolinari) August 1, 2022
congrats captain @LukeDonald👨✈️
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) August 1, 2022
From one Captain to a different, welcome @LukeDonald!
See you in Rome 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/xTbrBzsRpW
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) August 1, 2022
Bam !!! Let’s go @LukeDonald !!!🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/oMl7HSqi93
— Mike Lorenzo-Vera (@MikeLorenzoVer1) August 1, 2022
Very long time coming. Congratulations @LukeDonaldhttps://t.co/3yBrpnFBVj
— mizunogolf (@MizunoGolfNA) August 1, 2022
Delighted that @LukeDonald is our captain for Rome.
The suitable selection!
Wanting ahead to working with him for the subsequent 14 months to attempt to win the Ryder Cup again.
— Thomas Bjørn (@thomasbjorngolf) August 1, 2022
So excited and actually honoured to be named European Ryder Cup Captain, I’m actually trying ahead to the subsequent 14 months & getting my group prepared for Rome. pic.twitter.com/KnqaLxpfL1
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) August 1, 2022