Henrik Stenson: "I have absolutely no worries"



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Henrik Stenson: "I have absolutely no worries"

He was named captain of the Ryder Cup European team just over two months ago. And Henrik Stenson was quick to realize that his life was going to change: "A phrase I have heard from all the players who have become captains is 'I had no idea how much work it took.'

Here, now I can say that I absolutely agree with them " This morning Stenson will arrive in Rome, the first official contact with the city that will host the Ryder Cup in September 2023. he Meetings, dinners, a photo session inside the Colosseum and on Monday morning the press conference in which he will illustrate the selection criteria.

Thomas Bjorn will also be with him, who as vice-captain will help him in the adventure having already been the captain in Paris in 2018, the latest European success. “I'd like to think I'll take something from all of them.

But I think the most important thing is to stay true to yourself. I will try to be the best "Captain Stenson" possible. A lot of skills are needed and I already have a lot of ideas. If I had been worried I wouldn't have taken the job.

To be honest it's just the opposite: I'm very excited"

Henrik Stenson, statements

"Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland won on the Pga Tour at the end of last year and in 2022 there were the successes of Sepp Straka at the Honda Classic and Jon Rahm in Mexico.

On the DP World Tour the three big events in the Middle East at the beginning of the year were won by three of our best talents: Thomas Pieters, Victor Hovland - again him - and Nicolai Højgaard. Need anything else? One of the heroes of Paris 2018, Thorbjørn Olesen, won the British Masters a few weeks ago in Belfry.

So I have absolutely no worries. Young people have talent. If we add to them the skills and international experience that players have a little more "tried and tested" like McIlroy, Rahm, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton I can tell everyone to be calm and confident for the next Ryder.

" "Because it is one of the great events of world sport, and as they say“ Ryder is golf, but not as you know it ”. It is such an exceptional experience that it attracts even those who are not golfers.

And I guarantee that it is of great interest to players, too, wherever they live. Having played it five times I myself can say it from the bottom of my heart. Just look at the parties that we Europeans had in Paris in 2018 or the Americans at Whistling Straits last year, to understand how Ryder has absolutely lost none of its original meaning"

"Marco Simone? It's a nice path that invites you to take risks and rewards you if you play well. Perfect for match play. Designed for the fans present who will see the players very well and also for the millions who will watch the match on TV"