Henrik Stenson, the captain already in Rome

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Henrik Stenson, the captain already in Rome

Henrik Stenson, captain of Team Europe at the Ryder Cup 2023, the three days of golf that from 29 September next year will see the USA and the Old Continent compete in Rome on the green of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, is in the capital.

Accompanied by his wife Emma, ​​Stenson, the first Swede in the history of the competition to captain Europe, arrived shortly before 11 at Fiumicino airport with a scheduled flight from Copenhagen.

Henrik Stenson, Ryder

The champion, who has chosen as his first vice-captain the Danish Thomas Bjorn, already victorious captain of Team Europe in Paris 2018 (the USA will be captained by Zach Johnson who will have as his first vice-captain Steve Stricker), but who has not yet revealed the number of the wild card he will have at his disposal, will meet the press on Monday at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.

"I am happy to be here and proud to lead Team Europe to the Ryder Cup next year in the challenge with the USA. time to dive into this fantastic competition. I'm already 'warming up' - said Stenson as soon as he landed in the capital after having collected his luggage and his golf bag - By my side I will have Thomas Bjorn, whom I have known since the beginning of my career .

I chose him because he has great experience and I know he will advise me well. I trust him a lot. We will work well together, I am sure. "Henrick Stenson, 45, from Gothenburg, Major champion (in 2016 he won the Open Championship) silver medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, played five Ryder Cups in his career (in 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2018) and was among the vice-captains of Europe in September 2021 in Wisconsin.

Stenson was among other things the first golfer to win in the same year, 2013, the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai (the order of merit of the DP World Tour). Henrik Olof Stenson (born 5 April 1976 in Gothenburg) is a Swedish golfer, part of the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

In 2016, the year in which he also won the Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro behind Justin Rose, Stenson won the Open Championship played at the Royal Troon Golf Club, becoming the first Swede to lift the Claret Jug: thanks to a final round extraordinary, embellished with ten birdies and finished in 63, had the better of a rival of great value, the American Phil Mickelson, over whom he prevailed with a three-stroke advantage.

The final score of 264 (68, 65, 68 and 63) was well below the par of the Royal Troon 20 (the score of 4 laps cannot be compared with the Par of a course).