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Luke Donald named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain in place of Henrik Stenson

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Luke Donald has been named as Henrik Stenson's replacement as Europe's Ryder Cup captain. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Luke Donald has been named as Henrik Stenson's replacement as Europe's Ryder Cup captain. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Luke Donald has been named as Henrik Stenson's replacement as Europe's Ryder Cup captain. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Luke Donald has been named Europe's Ryder Cup captain for next year's contest in Rome after Henrik Stenson was stripped of the role.

Stenson was appointed captain on March 15, but the Swede's tenure lasted just 127 days before he was sacked for breaking his contract by joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

Donald was on the winning side in all four of his Ryder Cup appearances as a player, including the record victories in 2004 and 2006 and 2012's 'Miracle at Medinah', where he won the opening singles match against Bubba Watson.

Donald, who confirmed he would retain Stenson's vice-captains Thomas Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari, said: "I am incredibly proud to be named European Ryder Cup captain for 2023.

"It is truly one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a golfer, to lead a team of your peers and be an ambassador for an entire continent.

"I feel extremely privileged to have been given that responsibility and it is a responsibility I do not take lightly.

"Some of my best experiences in golf have been in the Ryder Cup and I would not swap those for anything. It is an event like no other and I cannot wait to create more special memories in Italy next year.

"I love everything the Ryder Cup embodies, from the camaraderie and companionship of being part of a team, to the history of the contest, but most of all playing for something bigger than yourself."

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