Ryder Cup: Henrik Stenson named Team Europe captain for 2023

The Swede served as a vice-captain in last year’s defeat to the USA

<p>Henrik Stenson has been named Europe’s Ryder Cup captain (David Davies/PA)</p>

Henrik Stenson has been named Europe’s Ryder Cup captain (David Davies/PA)

Henrik Stenson has been named captain of Europe for the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Team Europe aim to reclaim the trophy against the United States at Marco Simone in Rome.

The 45-year-old served as the vice-captain to Padraig Harrington last September when the stars and stripes handed Europe a heavy loss by 19-9 at Whistling Straits.

The former Open champion has vast experience having played in five Ryder Cups, winning on three occasions.

“I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be the European Ryder Cup captain - it is a huge honour and I was humbled to get the call confirming the news,” said the Swede.

“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.”

The 44th edition of the biennial event moves to Italy, with the course undertaking extensive development specifically for the iconic event, which will run from 29 September to 1 October.

Stenson added: “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.

“While it is great for me personally, it is also great for my country and all the players from Sweden who have played for Europe with such distinction since Joakim Haeggman became the first in 1993.

“When I started out as a professional golfer, it was beyond my wildest dreams that, one day, I would follow in the footsteps of legends of the game such as Seve (Ballesteros) and be the European Ryder Cup captain.

“But today proves that, sometimes, dreams do come true.”

As a player, the 2016 Open champion - who becomes the first Swede to be captain - has won 11 points from 19 Ryder Cup matches.

He holed the winning put on his debut at the K Club in 2006, with his best event form-wise coming in Paris 12 years later, when he enjoyed a 100 per cent record from his three matches.

European Ryder Cup director Guy Kinnings believes Stenson’s credentials fit the bill.

“Henrik has all the qualities to be a great captain,” he said.

“He has an incredibly impressive golfing CV as a major champion, two-time European number one and FedEx Cup winner, and in the Ryder Cup he played five times and played with distinction, including holing the winning putt in 2006 at the K Club.

“So he comes with all the credibility of what he has achieved, and as we all know a dry a sense of humour and a fantastic warm personality, but he is also a ferocious competitor.

“He is hugely respected by the players and admired by everyone involved with the game and the Ryder Cup.”

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