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Ryder Cup 2020: Henrik Stenson named as vice-captain for Padraig Harrington’s European team

Henrik Stenson has performed in 5 Ryder Cups for Team Europe; Swede joins Luke Donald, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell in Harrington’s backroom team heading to Whistling Straits subsequent week

Last Updated: 15/09/21 10:49am

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Can Team Europe cease the Ryder Cup from falling into the arms of their arch rivals? Watch reside from September 24-26 reside on Sky Sports

Can Team Europe cease the Ryder Cup from falling into the arms of their arch rivals? Watch reside from September 24-26 reside on Sky Sports

Padraig Harrington has introduced that Henrik Stenson would be the fifth and ultimate vice-captain for Team Europe at this month’s Ryder Cup.

The 45-year-old has made 5 Ryder Cup appearances as a participant, together with throughout Europe’s victory at Le Golf National in 2018, with the Swede now that includes as a part of the backroom team for the primary time.

Stenson joins compatriot Robert Karlsson, Englishman Luke Donald, Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland as vice-captains heading to Whistling Straits, with the quintet boasting the expertise of 19 Ryder Cups for Europe and 40 factors scored between them.

Henrik Stenson held a 100 per cent record in 2018, defeating Bubba Watson in the singles as Europe won 17.5-10.5

Henrik Stenson held a 100 per cent document in 2018, defeating Bubba Watson within the singles as Europe gained 17.5-10.5

“It’s a great honour to get the call and to be involved with Team Europe,” Stenson mentioned. “I’ve been part of five Ryder Cup teams in the past and to be given the opportunity as a vice-captain to help Europe’s quest to retain the Ryder Cup is exciting.

“Padraig referred to as me on Monday morning and it was not a protracted dialog. I accepted right away and I assured him that myself, together with the opposite vice-captains, are there to assist and help him and the team in any approach we are able to.

Henrik Stenson held a 100 per cent record in 2018, defeating Bubba Watson in the singles as Europe won 17.5-10.5

Henrik Stenson held a 100 per cent document in 2018, defeating Bubba Watson within the singles as Europe gained 17.5-10.5

“We have a very strong team. It’s a mix of huge experience along with three guys who will take on their first Ryder Cup – and that’s a great combination. We have strength in depth so I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing the boys perform.

“It’s no secret that successful on away soil is at all times a bit bit more durable, however the boys are prepared for that problem. It’s all going to return all the way down to how properly we play throughout the week however I’ve each religion in our team.”

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Stenson secured the winning point for Europe in his Ryder Cup debut at the K Club in 2006 and also featured at Valhalla in 2008, with the former Open Champion following appearances in 2014 and 2016 by winning all three of his matches in 2018 for Thomas Bjorn’s winning team.

The former Race to Dubai winner made a late challenge to qualify again in recent weeks, following a tied-third finish at the D+D Real Czech Masters by claiming third at the Omega European Masters and putting in strong performances at the DS Automobiles Italian Open and BMW PGA Championship.

Padraig Harrington talks through the decision-making behind his three captain's picks and explains why he likes the look of his Ryder Cup team

Padraig Harrington talks through the decision-making behind his three captain’s picks and explains why he likes the look of his Ryder Cup team

Padraig Harrington talks through the decision-making behind his three captain’s picks and explains why he likes the look of his Ryder Cup team

“Henrik will carry a lot to the week in all elements each on and off the course,” Harrington said. “His taking part in document speaks for itself and he has the complete respect and confidence of all of the gamers. He is aware of what it takes to win a Ryder Cup and that have and information will likely be essential for us.

“Everyone is aware that the Ryder Cup can be a tense week at times too so Henrik’s renowned wit and sense of fun will benefit our team room immensely. It will also be helpful to have the cool head of the ‘Ice Man’ around should any stressful situation emerge.”

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