Henrik Stenson removed as Ryder Cup captain due to LIV Tour

Henrik Stenson was suspended as captain of the Ryder Cup Europe team after he decided to join the rival LIV golf tour.

The Swede was promoted to captain just four months ago, ahead of the 2023 tournament in Italy.

The European Tour and the PGA Tour suspended players who signed up for a rival league funded by Saudi Arabia that is handing out huge signing bonuses.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to join a few of my fellow professionals in the LIV invitation series,” Stenson confirmed in a statement late Wednesday night.

The European tour did not directly mention LIV Golf, only saying that after Stenson became captain, “with immediate expiration”.

“In light of the decisions made by Henrik due to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he assumed prior to his announcement as captain.”

The 46-year-old actor said he was “completely committed” to the role. when he was appointed in March.

Other European players who have already joined the LIV Tour include Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell who are unlikely to make it to the next European Ryder Cup team.

Stenson’s replacement was not announced by Team Europe.

“It’s embarrassing to see a lot of uncertainty around the Ryder Cup and who will be able to participate and so on,” the Swede said on Wednesday. “I hope a solution is found between the tour and its members soon.”