Luke Donald has been named because the European Captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership in Rome, Italy from September 25 – October 1, 2023.

Donald represented Europe within the Ryder Cup 4 instances as a participant, being a part of a successful staff on all 4 events, together with in 2012 when he led Crew Europe out within the Singles, securing the primary blue level on the board within the ‘Miracle at Medinah’.

He additionally has served as a Vice Captain within the final two editions of the biennial contest, beneath Thomas Bjørn in 2018 and Pádraig Harrington final yr.

The 44 yr outdated Englishman’s spectacular particular person taking part in profession consists of holding the place of Quantity One on the Official World Golf Rankings for a complete of 56 weeks, and in 2011 he grew to become the primary participant in historical past to high the cash lists on the European Tour (now the DP World Tour) and the PGA TOUR in the identical yr.

Donald mentioned: “I’m extremely proud to be named European Ryder Cup Captain for 2023. It’s actually one of many best honours that may be bestowed upon a golfer, to steer a staff of your friends and be an envoy for a complete continent.

 “I really feel extraordinarily privileged to have been provided that accountability and it’s a accountability I don’t take calmly.

“A few of my finest experiences in golf have been within the Ryder Cup and I might not swap these for something. It’s an occasion like no different and I can not wait to create extra particular reminiscences in Italy subsequent yr.

“I like every part the Ryder Cup embodies, from the camaraderie and companionship of being a part of a staff, to the historical past of the competition, however most of all taking part in for one thing larger than your self.

“Rome will probably be a unbelievable host metropolis, and I’ve all the time loved spending time there. It’s a metropolis wealthy in historical past and hopefully we will create a few of our personal in 14 months’ time.”

Man Kinnings, the European Ryder Cup Director, mentioned: “Luke is a former World Quantity One who possesses an excellent Ryder Cup report, so he undoubtedly has the credentials required to be a profitable European Captain.

“He’s vastly revered by the gamers and by the broader help staff at Ryder Cup Europe who’ve already completed an immense quantity of labor behind the scenes to offer him a powerful platform for the remaining 14 months earlier than the match will get underway.

“Now we have continued the custom of transferring ahead with gamers within the position of Captain who’ve excelled within the Ryder Cup area; and when it comes to Luke, we’re combining that have with robust management and a meticulous strategy. On behalf of everybody at Ryder Cup Europe, we look ahead to absolutely supporting him within the quest to reclaim the Ryder Cup subsequent yr.”

Donald has wasted little time in making certain continuity in the important thing backroom space of Crew Europe, confirming that each current Vice Captains – Thomas Bjørn and Edoardo Molinari – will proceed of their respective positions.

“In my view, it was important that Thomas and Edoardo remained a part of the staff. They had been the primary two calls I made as soon as I bought the nod to be Captain and I’m delighted that they’re absolutely on-board.

“No one wants any rationalization of how vital Thomas is to the Ryder Cup – one look on the historical past books will present you that. He has lived and breathed European golf for the previous 30 years and having his know-how behind me, not least as a successful Captain, will probably be important.

“Moreover, Edoardo has blazed a formidable path for himself on this planet of stats and his data on this space with the gamers who will probably be on the staff, along with extra-special Italian component he’ll convey to your entire event, is an additional bonus for Crew Europe.”

Donald boasts a formidable taking part in report within the Ryder Cup, contributing 10½ factors from his 15 matches.

He made his debut as a part of Bernhard Langer’s record-breaking staff at Oakland Hills Nation Membership in 2004, halving his opening match with Paul McGinley towards Chris Riley and Stewart Cink, earlier than teaming up with Sergio Garcia within the foursomes to defeat Cink and Kenny Perry 2&1 on the Friday, adopted by a 1 up Foursomes victory with Garcia towards Jim Furyk and Fred Funk on the Saturday.

Donald claimed a most three factors from his three matches at The Ok Membership, in Eire, in 2006 beneath the captaincy of Ian Woosnam as Europe retained the Ryder Cup with a second consecutive 18½-9½ victory. He as soon as once more teamed up with Garcia within the Foursomes, defeating Tiger Woods and Furyk 2 up on the Friday, then Phil Mickelson and David Toms 2&1 on the Saturday, earlier than exacting revenge on Chad Campbell for his loss within the Singles two years earlier with a 2&1 victory.

His subsequent look got here at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 when he contributed an extra three factors from his 4 matches, partnering Ian Poulter to defeat Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton 2&1 in Foursomes, earlier than teaming up with Lee Westwood to beat Steve Stricker and Woods 6&5 in the identical format. Donald then defeated Furyk on the ultimate gap of their Singles match as Europe claimed a memorable 14½-13½ win in Wales.

Donald was additionally an integral a part of one other dramatic European victory two years later in Illinois, the State the place he studied at Northwestern College. Partnering Garcia within the Saturday afternoon Fourballs towards Woods and Stricker, his beautiful tee shot inside Woods’ on the elevated par three 17th gap was a pivotal second within the Miracle at Medinah, because the pair went on to win their match on the ultimate gap, shortly earlier than Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy decreased the deficit to 4 factors with their victory towards Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Captain José María Olazábal then handed Donald the accountability of main Europe out within the Sunday Singles towards Bubba Watson, and Donald duly set the tone for one of many best comebacks within the historical past of the Ryder Cup, successful his match 2&1.

Donald had entered the report books of his personal accord a yr beforehand when in 2011 he grew to become the primary participant to high the season-long cash lists on each side of the Atlantic, successful the Participant of the 12 months award on the PGA TOUR and Golfer of the 12 months in Europe within the course of.

His 4 victories that season included the WGC-Accenture Match Play, defeating Ryder Cup teammate Martin Kaymer within the remaining to succeed in World Quantity One for the primary time.

He additionally gained the Scottish Open at Fort Stuart and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, a title he efficiently defended in 2012 to take his whole of victories on the DP World Tour to seven.

Donald returned to the Ryder Cup area in 2018 when he was chosen as a Vice Captain by Thomas Bjørn at Le Golf Nationwide in Paris, a task he additionally carried out final yr at Whistling Straits beneath Pádraig Harrington.

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