Ryder Cup, hunt for the substitute as captain

Only 14 months before the start of the matches in Rome (Italy), Europe will have to appoint a new captain urgently. Fortunately, several candidates are emerging, in particular among the vice-captains chosen by the Swede Henrik Stenson before his ousting.

But the favorite today is none other than Thomas Björn, the last victorious captain in Paris in 2018.

Ryder Cup, situation

Will the Great Dane want to play firefighters on duty? Remember that he has never been part of a losing team. As a player, he has won the competition three times and his attachment to the European Tour is boundless.

Robert Karlsson does not have the same “aura” as Henrik Stenson but he too finished European No. 1 at the end of 2008. The Scandinavian giant (1.96m) was already part of the short- list before Stenson’s appointment. He played in the K-Club victory in 2006 and in the Valhalla loss in 2008. He also experienced both “flavors” as vice-captain in 2018 and 2021.

Four times, Luke Donald has defended the colors of Europe and has never known defeat with his team as a player. He was among those most cited when Lee Westwood announced that he was not interested in the position and before Stenson’s candidacy was accepted. Vice-captain in 2018 and 2021, he is popular with the current generation of players.

Like Donald, 1999 The Open winner Paul Lawrie declared himself a candidate last year. the Scot was from the bitter defeat at Brookline in 1999 but also and above all from the “Miracle of Medinah” in 2012 where he played, at 43, an important role in triumphing in singles over Brandt Snedeker. Vice-captain of Darren Clarke in 2016, he hopes to be in charge this time.

Thomas Bjørn (born February 18, 1971 in Silkeborg) is a professional golfer from Denmark who has played on the European PGA European Tour since 1996.

Bjørn, nicknamed “Major Tom” by his peers, has fifteen victories on the Tour so far, having previously won four tournaments on the second-tier Challenge Tour. His best year to date was 2000, when he placed 5th on the European Tour Order of Merit money list. In 2003 he gambled away what seemed a certainty at what was probably the most important tournament, the Open Championship, with a series of unsuccessful bunker shots and in the end had to settle for second place.

In the prestigious Ryder Cup, Thomas Bjørn played for the victorious European team in 1997, 2002 and 2014, accompanied them as vice-captain in the victories in 2004 and 2012, and in 2018 he was captain of the victorious European team.

In 2001 he was voted Denmark’s sportsman of the year.