Henrik Stenson has been sacked as captain of the European Ryder Cup team with immediate effect. The Swede is about to make the switch to the much-discussed LIV Golf Invitational Series.
A statement from the European Ryder Cup team said: “Due to the decisions taken by Henrik, it has become clear to us that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations, which makes it impossible to continue as captain.”
It is not yet known who will succeed Stenson as captain of the European team. The next edition of the Ryder Cup, a prestigious golf tournament involving players from Europe and the United States, will take place in Italy from September 29 to October 1.
Stenson was named captain of the European team in March. He was the successor to Padraig Harrington. The Swede participated in the Ryder Cup five times and won the championship with his European colleagues in 2006, 2014 and 2018.
About his appointment as captain, there were already rumors that Stenson would switch to the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series, a tour funded by Saudi Arabia. The Swede hasn’t taken it seriously, but he recently fueled rumors at the British Open by being secretive about his future plans.
according to Sky Sports Stenson will make his LIV Golf Invitational Series debut in just over a week, when the tournament is scheduled for Badminster (July 29-31). Previously, top golfers such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson succumbed to the lucrative round.
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