Henrik Stenson officially axed as Europe Ryder Cup captain in fightback against LIV

Henrik Stenson has been officially dropped as the European Ryder Cup captain for 2023 over his imminent move to the LIV Golf rebel tour. Stenson, 46, is expected to sign for Greg Norman’s venture this week in a deal worth around £40 million.

The sum involved appears staggering for a player who has missed seven on his last nine cuts in major championships. Subsequently, many critics have viewed the move as a direct attempt from Norman to deliberately disrupt the Ryder Cup, which will take place in Rome.

And now Ryder Cup Europe have moved to get their retaliation in first. Before Stenson’s move has been officially confirmed, they released the following statement: “Ryder Cup Europe today confirms that Henrik Stenson’s tenure as captain of Team Europe for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy, from September 25 – October 1, 2023, has been brought to an end with immediate effect.

“In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he had committed to prior to his announcement as Captain on Tuesday March 15, 2022, and it is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of Captain.”

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