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LIV rumors as Henrik Stenson stripped of Ryder Cup captaincy

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Henrik Stenson was stripped of the European Ryder Cup captaincy on Wednesday after Sweden was deemed on the verge of joining the Saudi-funded rebel LIV golf series. After talks with Ryder Cup Europe officials, it was decided to effectively sack the 46-year-old as team captain for the next year’s event in Italy. The move will deepen the rift in the game, with a slew of big stars joining the cash-rich new circuit in defiance of established tours.

Ryder Cup Europe said in a statement that Stenson’s tenure as captain for the biennial competition against the United States in Rome was terminated “with immediate effect”.

“In light of the decisions made by Henrik regarding his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations for Ryder Cup Europe,” it said.

The statement said a new captain for the 2023 tournament would be confirmed “in due course”. Stenson is reportedly on the verge of jumping into the LIV series alongside Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.

The US team next year is likely to be without players of the caliber of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau, who have all been hit with indefinite bans by the PGA Tour and therefore will be ineligible to play.

Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion, reached a career high of number two in the world, but has since dropped to 171 in the rankings.

His appointment as Team Europe captain in March was revealed to end speculation about his participation in the Saudi-backed breakaway series as he insisted he was fully committed to the role.

But after missing the cut at last week’s British Open, Stenson admitted his upcoming schedule was “uncertain”.

His anticipated defection at the LIV Series will be a new headache for the current Tour, who have been powerless to stop big-name players like Phil Mickelson and Johnson from joining the rebel circuit.

To be eligible to compete for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup, European players must be members of the DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour.

Last month the tour banned members playing in the inaugural LIV event in England for three tournaments and imposed heavy fines.

Trump’s argument
Donald Trump on Monday urged golfers to “take the money” and sign with LIV Golf. The former US president, who is hosting LIV events at two of his golf courses this year, said in a post on his Truth social network that players should not hesitate to leave the US PGA Tour, which he termed “no-confidence”. Gave. LIV Golf, which is run by Australian great Greg Norman, is controlled by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Human rights groups have criticized the venture, saying it is being used to boost Saudi Arabia’s international reputation, a phenomenon known as “sportswashing”.

The third 54-hole LIV event of the season begins on July 29 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. In the field for the tournament is former England world number three Paul Casey, who will be in the field with 10 Majors. the champion

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Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has been linked with LIV Golf, with three more to be signed in the coming days. Europe will aim to take the Ryder Cup back from the United States when the two teams face off at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club from 29 September next year.

Possible replacement captains include Thomas Bjorn, who led Europe to victory in France in 2018, and England’s Luke Donald.

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