Henrik Stenson has been named European captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup, which will be held next year at the Marco Simon Golf and Country Club in Rome.
Stenson was chosen as the next captain of Europe by a five-member selection panel comprising Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clark, European Tour Group CEO Keith Pel and DP World Tour Tournament Committee Chairman David Havel.
The 45-year-old is the first Sweden to be named European captain and will aim to emulate a memorable European performance in the last home match at Le Golf National in France in 2018 and regain the Ryder Cup after winning for the United States. At Whistling Strait last September.
Stanson said: “I am thrilled and delighted to be the captain of the European Rider Cup – it is a great honor and I am humbled to receive the call to confirm the news. I would like to thank the selection panel for believing in me and tell them and every European golf fan That is, I will do everything in my power and leave no stone unturned in trying to return the Ryder Cup to the Europeans.
“The Ryder Cup is golf, and the sport, at its best. As a player, whenever I wore a European shirt, I got a buzz bump, and that would be great in the role of captain. While this is great for me personally, it is also great for my country and for all the players in Sweden who have played for Europe since Joachim Hegman first in 1993.
“When I started out as a professional golfer, it was beyond my dreams that one day I would follow in the footsteps of legends like Save and become European Rider Cup captains. But today it proves that sometimes dreams come true. ”
Stanson is opposite Jack Johnson, who was announced as captain of Team USA earlier this month.