Luke Donald officially named European Ryder Cup 2023 captain | Golf News and Tour Information

A four-time Ryder Cup player, Donald has never tasted defeat in a team context, his winning record in all three formats (foursomes, fourballs and singles) totaling a stellar 10-4-1 between 2004 and 2012. The 44-year-old Englishman was also assistant captain to Thomas Bjorn when Europe triumphed 17½-10½ at Le Golf National in 2018. So the former world No.1 ticks many biennial boxes, although those clearly impressive credentials were deemed to fall short of Stenson’s claims when the Swede was made captain in March this year.

Still, Donald’s experience on Ryder will surely be put to good use almost immediately. With a relatively short time, the new captain will need to think quickly about issues such as alternate captains, the team qualification system that has yet to be announced, and the number of captain’s picks to add to the automatic qualifiers in order to complete the 12-men’s team that will make the trip to Italy.

To that end, Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari were already in place as Stenson’s assistants. Are they staying or are they leaving? How many assistants will Donald really need or want in an age where five seems to have become the most favored number? When exactly will qualifying start? Will the old “global” and “European” lists remain in place? If so, how many places will be assigned to each? Or will another system be put in place? Could Donald, for example, decide to follow the lead of the international team skipper in the Presidents Cup and take the bulk of his squad straight from the world rankings?

“Luke is obviously a legitimate choice,” said Nicolas Colsaerts, who played for the 2012 Ryder Cup-winning European team. to be about to get the job sooner, when they gave it to Henrik. And yes, he’ll have to get in motion pretty quickly with some of the decisions he has to make. In some ways, there’s no a lot of urgency, but at others there is. From my discussions with former captains, I know that the work will take him a lot of time.

Colsaerts knows Donald has experience, but hopes being the front man will also bring out a quality in him that the public doesn’t often see. “He was a great player for Europe. He was vice-captain. The challenge for him now is to show the world the personality that only us players have seen behind closed doors so far,” says Colsaerts. “He has to show the human qualities that I know him to have, that’s why it’s a good thing to appoint him now. He will have time to show us the captain he wants to be and decides to be. For him , it will mean exploring new skills from an inspiring perspective.

So many questions, some of which will probably be answered later today.

Michael C. Ford