British, former world number 1 for 56 weeks, Luke Donald is the new captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup 2023 in Rome. He replaces Henrik Stenson who, after being relieved of his post for choosing the Arab Super League, won his LIV Golf debut at Bedminster, on Donald Trump’s court, grossing over $ 4 million. In fact, Donald in an interview with ANSA assures that a similar case will not be repeated. “I have signed a contract and I intend to honor it”, the statements of the 44-year-old of Hemel Hempstead. Which closes the doors to the Arab Super League and confirms both the Danish Thomas Bjorn and the Turin Edoardo Molinari as vice-captains. “I am happy – he explains – to have them by my side, they will make a great contribution to the whole group”.
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A graduate, member of the Order of the British Empire, he began playing golf at the age of 15. In his career he played and won four Ryder Cups (2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012), scoring 10.5 points and holding the role of vice captain twice in 2018 and 2021. In Rome, one of his favorite cities, Donald dal 29 September to 1 October 2023 will have the task of bringing the Old Continent back to success, fresh from the 2021 debacle in Wisconsin with the USA that has dominated at home. The English will arrive in the Eternal City in just over a month, when the 79th edition of the Italian Open will be staged at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (the field that will later host Ryder), from 15 to 18 September. . “I will definitely play the tournament – ANSA announced – and for me it will be the second time on that field. An important opportunity to study it closely and discover its characteristics hole by hole”.
From Edoardo Molinari, to Jon Rahm, from Zach Johnson (the American counterpart) to Shane Lowry. Many big players on the green congratulated Donald. That soon, together with the board of the Ryder Cup Europe and his deputies, will also have to decide what will become of the dissidents of the Super League who hope to play their chances for a place in the team. “Everything will be communicated as soon as possible”, assures Donald that he will have as the main problem to solve the one concerning the presence or not on the field, in Rome, of those European players who have chosen the separatist league of the green.