‘We’re Still Europeans’: After Being Scrapped Off His Throne, LIV Golf Pro Makes a Heartbreaking Confession About Lost Opportunity

Published 09/25/2023, 10:28 AM EDT

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Those who know golf can surely understand the importance of the upcoming Ryder Cup. The matches are going to be held in Rome at the end of this week. And the golfers are getting ready to make their nations proud one more time. However, this time, the selection of the players got attention in many ways.

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First, the inclusion of Justin Thomas in the US team sparked the debate, given his poor performance this year. Second, Ryder Cup veteran Sergio Garcia made last-minute efforts to be on the European team but eventually failed. And for this golfer, his choices cost him the captaincy in the prestigious event.

Switching leagues cost the Swedish golfer big-time

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Henrik Stenson, a Swedish golfer, has a respectable Ryder Cup record. He participated in five editions and had a 10-7-2 record. In 2006, 2014, and 2018, he was a member of winning teams. His play was so outstanding that, in March 2022, he was selected as the captain of the European squad.

 But captaincy was not in the fate of Stenson. After joining LIV Golf in June 2022, Stenson faced the utmost consequences of his decision: his captaincy was revoked. He would have been the first Swede to lead the European squad if he had been a captain this year.

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But the 47-year-old golfer has no animosity or regret. He knew what was coming for him. “There’s nothing that would have technically prevented me from carrying on in that position,” he said. But now he is in full mood to support the team and is looking forward to the matches. ”If you leave all the stuff that is going on … just looking at the competition and the two teams and the picks, it’ll be interesting. We’re still Europeans. There’s still a lot of history in our careers that are part of that. And ofcourse we’re always going to support Europe,” said the 2016 British Open champion.

The switch to LIV golf snubbed golfers in the Ryder Cup, like Sergio Garcia and this golfer.

No place for Johnson in the Ryder Cup

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Dustin Johnson was offered a $150 million deal to join LIV Golf. His first year was very successful, as his team, Aces GC, was achieving higher milestones.

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But this year is rough for Johnson. First of all, his important team member, Talor Gooch, left the 4Aces. And this year, after joining LIV Golf, Johnson got snubbed from the Ryder Cup slot. “If I would have been playing on [the PGA Tour], yeah, I would have made the team. Do I think I can help the U.S. team? Absolutely,” said Johnson.

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Except for Brooks Koepka, this year no LIV golfer made it to the Ryder Cup. And sure, Sir Nick Faldo is much more happy, as in his words, ”These guys are in a different world now.”

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Rajnandini Rathore

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Rajnandini is a promising addition to the team as a Golf writer. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers who is an avid golf enthusiast. With Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson being her entry into the fandom of the sport, Rajnandini believes LIV Golf is the future of the sport.
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