Although many mentioned Justin Rose as the main candidate for the Ryder Cup captaincy, it seems that this will not happen. In an interview with the Telegraph, Rose emphasized that it is very difficult to win the Ryder Cup on away soil today.
He would rather be in the role of a player and believes that Luke Donald deserves to be captain again. "We all recognise how difficult it is to win away nowadays, and whichever captain does it can claim the ultimate Ryder Cup success.
But if it happens in 2025, I want to contribute as a player. If Luke wants it, he should get it. ”- Rose said. The next Ryder Cup will be held in two years. It is not a long distance in time. Rose believes that he can contribute much more to the team as a player.
He gave the example of Donald who sacrificed a lot in his career. “2025 is too early for me. The captaincy starts next year, and I feel like I’ve got some good things ahead of me as a player. It’s not so much that I feel I ‘need’ to play at Bethpage, it’s more than I ‘need’ to believe I can play.
That’s important. If you look at Luke, he sacrificed a lot this year and last year, because his game was coming back but he had to concentrate on the Ryder Cup”.
Henrik Stenson and Luke Donald
Luke Donald became captain at the moment when Henrik Stenson was stripped of captaincy after joining LIV Golf.
Although many were skeptical, it turned out to be the right decision. “In truth, it probably came too early for him but because of the circumstances he probably thought he should do it." Donald has shown that he is a great leader.
The team benefited a lot from him. Many believe that without his leadership it would be harder for the Europeans to achieve this kind of success. "You have to be current, can’t have stopped playing, because that link has to be there.
So it’s a fine line," he said. "But in my view Luke is probably coming to that sweet spot right now”. Source: Golfmonthly