Henrik Stenson STRIPPED as Ryder Cup captain after agreeing to join Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf Series


HENRIK STENSON has been STRIPPED of the European Ryder Cup captaincy ahead of his imminent signing with the LIV Golf Series.

The Swede is on the verge of joining the Saudi-backed breakaway golf series – which has received widespread condemnation.

The 46-year-old recently held talks with Ryder Cup officials to inform them of his intention to join the controversial league.

And they resulted in him being axed from his role as Europe’s skipper.

A statement read: “Ryder Cup Europe today confirms that Henrik Stenson’s tenure as captain of Team Europe for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy from September 25 to October 1, 2023, has been brought to an end with immediate effect.

“In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he had committed to prior to his announcement as captain on Tuesday March 15, 2022, and it is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of captain.

Two-time Open champion Greg Norman is the CEO of the controversial breakaway league, which will run eight invitational events this year with a whopping £200million prize fund.

He said: “It’s been a historic two months for LIV Golf as we’ve established a new era for the sport that delivers unique energy, camaraderie, and competition.

“In just six rounds of live action, we have created a golf environment that has captured the world’s attention and attracted young, passionate fans around the globe.

“We are excited to take another giant leap forward at the beautiful Trump National Golf Club Bedminster where our players are eager to tee off in pursuit of the third individual and team titles of the season.”

LIV have announced 45 golfers for their 48-man tournament at Bedminster – which commences on July 29.

Stenson and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama are expected to be officially confirmed as participants in the league’s next announcement.

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