“For now it is a decision I accept”: Henrik Stenson stripped of Ryder Cup Captaincy after becoming latest golfer to join LIV Golf


“For now it is a decision I accept”: Henrik Stenson stripped of Ryder Cup Captaincy after becoming latest golfer to join LIV Golf

Henrik Stenson

The LIV Golf Series has found another new golfer amongst the rising controversy and pressure, as Henrik Stenson is the newest to make the switch. Jason Kokrak and Charles Howell III, along with Stenson were recently announced by the LIV Golf in a statement on Wednesday. As a result the 46-year-old was removed as captain of the Ryder Cup Europe soon after. Stenson was the 2016 Open Winner, and appointed as the Ryder Cup captain in March.

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Stenson disagreed with the decision to remove him as captain, but said that “for now it is a decision I accept”. “Unfortunately my decision to play in LIV events has triggered Ryder Cup Europe to communicate that it is not possible for me to continue in my role as Ryder Cup captain,” said Stenson to BBC. “This is despite me making specific arrangements with LIV Golf, who have been supportive of my role as captain, to ensure I could fulfil the obligations of the captaincy.” He said that he was hugely disappointed in the decision but wished the Cup all the best in their ongoing preparation.

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“Another outstanding resume to LIV Golf’s global roster”: Henrik Stenson joins LIV Golf

Henrik Stenson
Stenson

Stenson is all ready to now make the switch to the LIV Series. CEO Greg Norman had quite the words of praise for the veteran who will be making his appearance at the third event at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. “Henrik Stenson adds yet another outstanding resume to LIV Golf’s global roster of elite players,” said Greg Norman. “His career performances spanning majors, season-long individual championships and international competitions have cemented him as a leader in today’s game.”

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Earlier that day itself, Ryder Cup said that it would not be able to continue its captaincy with Stenson, and he would be removed with immediate effect. Ryder Cup said that it made this decision because “in light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances” and that it had “become clear” he would “not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe”.

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