Stenson and Donald lead list of Ryder Cup captain contenders
The Guardian|December 03, 2021
Lee Westwood’s decision to withdraw his name opens door to lead Europe in 2023
Ewan Murray

Henrik Stenson and Luke Donald are the leading contenders to captain Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup, with Lee Westwood’s move to withdraw his name from the running leaving the European Tour with a decision that is far from straightforward.

Sources close to the European camp believe Stenson is the obvious frontrunner to succeed Pádraig Harrington for the biennial event should he wish to lead Europe in Italy. Speaking this week at the Hero World Challenge, Stenson suggested he is yet to make up his mind.

“Like a lot of people, I thought Lee was going to be next in line,” Stenson said. “But I heard that he now wants to focus on his own game and feels like it is going to be too much of a clash at this point in his career and the time frame.

“We’ll see what happens, but I have certainly got some experience as a vice-captain [at Whistling Straits this year] and we’ll see if we need to put on the big shoes in the future. It’s still early to tell on that but it’s good to be part of the conversation.”

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