Ryder Cup, Luke Donald confirmed as captain

“I am honored to continue to lead the European team. I look forward to building a great team, although fulfilling this role overseas will be a difficult challenge,” said Donald

by Andrea Gussoni
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Ryder Cup, Luke Donald confirmed as captain
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After Europe's Ryder Cup triumph in Rome, the board decided to retain Luke Donald as captain for the 2025 match in Bethpage, New York. Donald is the first European captain since 1995 to hold the role for two consecutive editions.

The last time this happened was with the Scot Bernard Gallacher (1991, 1993, 1995). “I am honored to continue to lead the European team. I look forward to building a great team, although fulfilling this role overseas will be a difficult challenge,” said Donald.

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The news of his reconfirmation was awaited, particularly after the great success in Rome. All the big names in European golf have been pushing for his reconfirmation. Furthermore, there could be further good news for Italian golf: Edoardo Molinari, who contributed to the team's success with his statistical support, could be appointed vice-captain.

The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America. From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw.

Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979. Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents in odd-numbered years. For Europe, British golf courses have historically always been chosen, with the exception of the editions of: 1997, played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, 2018 played in Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines (France) and, lastly, in 2023, which was held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

Due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the scheduled edition of the Ryder Cup was played the following year, consequently moving the competition to even years, until the 2018 edition. The following tournament, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus moving the Ryder Cup to odd years again.

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