The first vice captain of Ryder Cup 2023 in Rome arrives from the cold north of Europe. Henrik Stenson has chosen the Danish Thomas Bjorn, already victorious captain of Team Europe in Paris 2018.
Thomas Bjorn, statements
“I have known Thomas Bjorn from the beginning of my career, I have faith in him and I know he will give me honest and direct advice – said Stenson announcing the first name -. He won’t always agree with me and I think this can be really important. I am really happy to have him as the first deputy captain in Rome. There is more than a year to go before the competition and we will have many comparisons about all the elements that will make up the Europe team. He has great experience and I can’t wait to start setting up all the work to be done “.
Thomas Bjorn enthusiastic: “I’m really happy to have the whole Ryder Cup experience again. After 2018, I thought my story in this competition was over. Instead, Stenson gave me this other opportunity which I immediately accepted. I am excited to work with him, I think I can support him in outlining his strategies, asking him the right questions and reminding him of what might happen. I will help him prepare in the best possible way and, as we get closer to the challenge, I will support him with the players. Stenson will be a fantastic captain and in the world he is respected by everyone. He also has a great sense of humor, which is sure to please the players. “
Bjorn has a great history in the most important competition in golf. Three of his appearances as a player (in 1997, 2002 and 2014), four experiences as vice captain (2004, 2010, 2012 and 2016), with the icing on the cake arrived four years ago in France. It was in Paris that Stenson was part of the European expedition which, led by Francesco Molinari (five victories in as many matches, European record), managed to prevail over the United States.
Bjorn’s career in the Ryder Cup began in 1997 in Valderrama (Spain). He was on a team with Costantino Rocca and under the guidance of Severiano Ballesteros he became the first Dane to play the competition. He won a point and a half in the two matches played. Europe managed to defeat the US with a score of 14.5 to 13.5. Two, however, the points provided to Europe in 2002 (at The Belfry, England) in four matches played. Twelve years later, in 2014 in Gleneagles (Scotland), he won – alongside Martin Kaymer – half a point in the Friday fourballs against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.
He was deputy captain of team Europe in 2004 (captain Bernhard Langer), in 2010 (Colin Montgomerie), in 2012 (Josè Maria Olazabal) and in 2016 (Darren Clark), when his first defeat in the Ryder Cup came. Champion and talisman , the 51-year-old from Silkeborg boasts 15 wins on the DP World Tour.
In Rome, the US will be led by Zach Johnson who has already appointed Steve Stricker as its first deputy captain.