The tremors around the LIV circuit reach the Ryder Cup

Henrik Stenson a été démis de ses fonctions de capitaine de l’équipe européenne pour la Ryder Cup 2023, sur fond de rumeurs l’envoyant sur le circuit LIV, nouvelle illustration des secousses ébranlant le golf depuidente la issalisout de cueette ‘Saudi Arab.

The term of the 46-year-old Swedish golfer, who was appointed to the job last March, has ended with “immediate effect,” the European Ryder Cup announced Wednesday in a press release.

“Given the decisions that Henrik has made in relation to his personal situation, it has become apparent that he cannot fulfill certain contractual terms that are binding on the Ryder Cup Europe,” the press release continues, without further details.

The Ryder Cup Europe concluded with the “timely confirmation of the new European Captain’s name for the 2023 Ryder Cup”.

Media reported that Stenson, who did not immediately react, was about to join the controversial LIV Golf, a league backed financially by Saudi Arabia. Participation in this league’s inaugural tournament recently led to the exclusion of European golfers who participated in it from three tournaments on the European circuit (DP World Tour).

Being a member of the DR World Tour is exactly a sine qua non to be able to be part of the European Ryder Cup team opposing the United States.

The first Swede to be named captain of Europe, Henrik Stenson had a long history in this biennial competition that pits American and European golfers formed into teams of twelve. He helped the Europeans win three of his five matches (2006, 2014 and 2018) and was deputy captain in 2020.

Winner of the British Open in 2016, Stinson ranked second in the world, although he is now ranked 171.

His appointment as captain of the European Ryder Cup team appears to have put an end to the speculation surrounding his possible participation in the LIV golf course. “I am fully committed to this captain (…), I will do everything I can to ensure that we have a winning team in Rome,” he said at the time.

– ‘Take the money’ –

The next edition of the Ryder Cup will be held in Rome from September 25 to October 1, 2023. Team USA won the last edition of the prestigious team competition in Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) in September 2021.

Having missed the cut at the last British Open last week, Stenson admitted his upcoming schedule remains “uncertain”, and appears to cast doubt on his future.

Golf: turmoil around the LIV circuit reaches the Ryder Cup

Several big names in golf have already joined the ring with the support of Saudi Arabia and their removal from former world No. 1 Greg Norman, drawing the ire of DP World as well as of the US circuit, the PGA, such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Charles Schwarzl, Sergio Garcia or Graeme McDowell.

Several human rights organizations also criticized the new department, which was found only to restore the international image of Saudi Arabia from its point of view, a phenomenon known as “sports washing”. In the United States, associations of relatives of 9/11 victims who consider Saudi Arabia to be complicit in the attacks have also stepped up.

Since the creation of this league, whose championships, rich in talent, have been contested over three days, 54 holes versus four days and 72 holes in the “regular” tournament, moreover, the two historic circuits have united, pledging in particular to increase over a 13-year endowment their competitions or allowing golfers from the European circuit to pass on the PGA Tour.

Former US President Donald Trump on Monday entered the fray, urging golfers to “take the money” and join the LIV Tour he is hosting at two tournaments on his owned courses this year.

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