Blow to the heart of the Ryder Cup: the Saudi league has been fishing in the European team’s waters and none other than the ship’s captain, Swede Henrik Stenson, has been named leader of the old continent at the next edition in Rome 2023. Stenson will certain to take part in the third of the eight tournaments that make up this course, the LIV Golf Series, an event to be held in Bedminster, New Jersey next week. The Saudi league on Tuesday announced the confirmed participants for the tournament and released three vacancies. One of them will be for Stenson.

The escape is highly symbolic because it depicts the captain of a competition like the Ryder, the big biannual duel between Europe and the United States that the world’s best golfers play for free, a long way from the auction where it was That’s what it’s all about today turned to his sport. The two major circles and the Saudi league are at war to fill the stars’ pockets with millions of dollars, a battle fought between controls, exclusions and sanctions. Stenson, 46, winner of the British Open in 2016 with 11 victories on the PGA Tour and five on the European circuit, is one of the insurgents who switched sides for a chest full of gold (the eight Saudi league tournaments they play in this course will award $255 million, four to the individual winner of each nomination). The jersey change is no longer one, but that of the European captain himself. His betrayal has resulted in the European team retiring his captaincy, albeit with no relation to the Saudi league.

Ryder Cup Europe today confirms that Henrik Stenson’s tenure as captain of the European team has ended with immediate effect. Given the choices Henrik has made regarding his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he has committed to certain contractual obligations to the Ryder Cup Europe prior to his announcement as Captain on Tuesday 15th March 2019, cannot fulfill 2022, and therefore it is not possible for him to continue in office,” said the Ryder Cup, which now has to look for a new coach.

Stenson’s escape follows Sergio García’s resignation last Sunday to become a member of the European Circuit (and thus participate in the Ryder), following the economic sanctions he received for joining the Saudi league: 116,000 euros after registering at the opening event in London . In just four days, the European Ryder team has lost its captain and a legend like the man from Castellón, winner of six titles and the man with the most points (28.5) and games won (25) in the history of the competition. García’s departure was lamented by world number five Jon Rahm, who made a great pairing with El Niño last edition. “The best event that makes golf known in the world is the Ryder and that Sergio, the best player that Europe has given, can’t be there because of this nonsense that bothers me and makes me angry,” Rahm criticized after the British Open. The Basque, previously a great defender of the American circuit, called on PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, European circuit president Keith Pelley and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman to sit down and come to an agreement and take Peace to the Gulf. On the contrary, the drums of war are still beating.

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