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Golf is still upside down: a stir of captains and rain of millions

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Luke Donald replaces Henrik Stenson as captain of Europe, who used his status as captain of the Ryder Cup to fatten his contract with LIV

Henrik Stenson, after winning the tournament in Bedminster.JUSTIN LANEEFE

days after the Swedish player Henrik Stenson would give up his European Ryder Cup Captain for a multi-million dollar contract with LIV, prevailed in the third round of the new saud league. He pocketed close to $4.4 million, winning the individual classification and finishing second in the team.

“I played like a captain,” he sneered as he won the tournament in Bedminster. Hours later, the European Circuit announced the replacement for Stenson, as we already anticipated in EL MUNDO. Luke Donald be the new European captain of the Ryder Cup. “Don’t worry, I’m not going to make a Henrik,” said the Englishman, winner of 17 professional tournaments throughout his career, reaching the pinnacle of in 2011, when he reached number one of the world ranking.

Stenson, not won an official tournament since the 2017 PGA Tour’s Wydham Championship, he used his status as Ryder Cup captain to fatten up his contract with LIV. The Saudi circuit already tempted Luke Donald, who politely rejected the millionaire offer.

Guy Kings does not exclude LIV players, as confirmed by the director of the Ryder Cup himself, and Donald in his own presentation pointed out that this situation affects names like Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio García, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer. “It will not be resolved in the short term.” Perhaps this is one of the reasons that made Sergio García back down from his initial position of leaving the European Tour.

$405 million

“When the Open Championship ended, I said that I was most likely going to give up my Tour membership. That obviously meant not being eligible for the Ryder Cup because you have to be a member. But thanks to the words of John Rahm Since I had a couple of good conversations with the guys from the DP World Tour, I’m going to postpone it. I want to at least see what happens when Ryder Cup qualifying starts. See what kind of rules and criteria they have. If I agree with them, continue playing as much as I can on the tour and try to qualify for the Ryder Cup team,” Garcia told ESPN.

Meanwhile, LIV has already announced its 14-tournament schedule for 2023 with 405 million dollars that will continue to be distributed among 48 players, hours later the PGA Tour counterattacked announcing a succulent increase in its prizes for the next season. There will be almost 429 million and another 75 million in bonuses that will be distributed throughout the season of nearly 40 tournaments. Inside this irrational rain of millions Greg Norman revealed that Tiger Woods rejected the LIV offer, which, according to the Australian, put on the table a figure between 700 and 800 million dollars to have the iconic winner of 15 majors.

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