Kenrik Stenson to be European Vice Captain at the 2020 Ryder Cup

Pádraig Harrington, captain of the European team for the Ryder Cup 2020, chose the Swedish Henrik Stenson as the fifth and last European vice-captain for this tournament, which will be held from September 24 to 26 in Whistling Straits (Wisconsin, United States), the organization informed through a statement.

I am delighted to add Henrik Stenson to our team as Vice Captain. Your playing history speaks for itself and has the respect and trust of all players. He knows what it takes to win a Ryder Cup and that experience and knowledge will be crucial to us, “said Harrington.

It will also be helpful to have a cool head from the ‘Iceman’ in case a stressful situation arises.“he added.

Stenson (Sweden, 1976), champion of the British Open in 2016, will participate for the sixth time in the Ryder Cup – a competition that pits Europe against the United States and has won three times – although it will be the first to do so as vice captain. He will join his compatriot Robert Karlsson, Briton Luke Donald, German Martin Kaymer and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

In the five Ryders that he has played, the Swede achieved a total of 11 points in 19 games, also including a full three wins in his last appearance in 2018 in Paris, in which he beat American Bubba Watson.

‘The Iceman’ stated that it is an “honor” to be with the team as vice captain: “It is a great honor to receive the call and be involved with Team Europe. I have been part of five Ryder Cup teams in the past and having the opportunity as vice-captain to help Europe’s quest to defend the Ryder Cup is exciting. “

Harrington called me Monday morning and it wasn’t a long conversation. I accepted immediately“, he confessed.

In the same way, Stenson trusts the European team for the event, which according to the golfer is “very strong”: “We have a very strong team. It’s a combination of great experience alongside three guys who will face their first Ryder Cup, and that’s a great combination.“.

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Europe will defend title in the 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup, to be held in Whistling Straits (Wisconsin, United States), from September 24 to 26. Sergio García, who will play the tournament for the tenth time, will be one of the references of the team from the Old Continent together with Jon Rahm, world number one.

The English will play alongside the Spanish Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, the Irishman Shane Lowry, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

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