The European captain, Pádraig Harrington, added Henrik Stenson to his call of vice-captains for the Ryder Cup, which is underway at the Whistling Straits this coming Friday.
The 2016 Open champion, who did not overtake the team, will bring Harrington’s backroom team to Wisconsin a wealth of knowledge and experience, playing in five games between 2006 and 2018 and winning three times.
During that time, the two-time European Tour number 11 scored 11 points for Europe from 19 matches, including a record of 100% of three wins out of three during his last outing at Le Golf National in 2018, where he had his perfect finishing week with ‘ a 5 and 4 singles victory over Bubba Watson. He also secured the winning spot for Europe during his debut at The K Club in 2006, where he beat Vaughn Taylor 4 & 3.
This will be Stenson’s first appointment as vice-captain and the 45-year-old Swede will star alongside Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell. Between them, the quintet boasts the experience of 19 Ryder Cups for Europe and 40 points.
Stenson said: ‘It is a great honor to receive the call and to be involved with Team Europe. I was part of five Ryder Cup teams in the past and had the opportunity as assistant captain to assist Europe’s in the search for the Ryder Cup is exciting. Pádraig called me Monday morning and it was not a long conversation. I immediately accepted and I assured him that I, along with the other vice-captains, were there to help and assist him and the team in any way possible.
“We have a very strong team. It’s a mix of great experience with three guys packing their first Ryder Cup – and it’s an excellent combination. We have strength in depth, so I look forward to getting out there and seeing the boys perform. It’s no secret that winning on away ground is always a little harder, but the boys are ready for the challenge. It’s all going to come down to how well we play during the week, but I have all the confidence in our team. ”
Harrington said: ‘I am delighted to add Henrik as vice-captain to our team in the back room. As of Sunday when the 12 players were confirmed, we have now completed Team Europe and I could not be happier. Henrik will bring so much in the week, on as well as off course. His playing record speaks for itself and he has the full respect and trust of all the players. He knows what it takes to win a Ryder Cup, and that experience and knowledge will be crucial to us. Everyone is aware that the Ryder Cup can sometimes be an exciting week, so Henrik’s well-known wisdom and pleasure will be a great advantage for our team. It would also be handy to have the cool head of the ‘Ice Man’ around if a tense situation arises.