Former Ryder Cup skipper reveals idea 'being floated in the corridors of power'

Ryder Cup Europe are reportedly 'floating the idea', according to a report. 

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Mon, 15 May 2023
Former Ryder Cup skipper reveals idea 'being floated in the corridors of power'

Ryder Cup Europe are floating the idea of appointing a captain for multiple dust-ups after a host of legends resigned their DP World Tour memberships, according to a report. 

Per James Corrigan of The Daily Telegraph, it is said the 'corridors of power' are thinking of giving their European skippers the reigns for multiple Ryder Cups after the likes of Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter resigned from their home circuit and threw their future plans into chaos. 

The LIV Golf players insisted they had 'no option' but to bring an anticlimactic end to their glittering careers on the former European Tour after they were sanctioned for playing in the inaugural breakaway tour event last June. 

A sports arbitration panel sided with the DP World Tour and the circuit warned they would continue to fine players for competing in events without releases. 

As many as 26 players were also punished retrospectively. Garcia, Europe's record points scorer, has reportedly refused to pay his fine. 

"The resignations, however, along with the sanctions imposed upon them, are a consequence of their own choices," the tour said in a statement. 

European Ryder Cup skipper Luke Donald now has clarity over what his side will look in September. 

And according to the paper, he could be in charge for the 2025 Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black. 

There was speculation the aforementioned Poulter would lead the team in New York (potentially against Phil Mickelson) but that mouth-watering proposition is now a pipe dream. 

Bernard Gallacher was the last man to lead Europe more than once and he told Corrigan:

"Because we've lost the likes of Westwood and co, I think we'll need to have captains doing home and away matches, maybe starting with Luke now. That was what it was like in the old days. Tony Jacklin did it four times, because he was such an outstanding captain. When I took over for the ’91 match, they told me I’d do that one at Kiawah Island and then at the Belfry." 

Gallacher said it was sad to see Westwood, Garcia and Poulter 'walk away', but he added:

"They've done it for money and that is understandable, but they can't really moan because unless there was an agreement with LIV, this was inevitable. And when the DP World Tour signed that 'strategic alliance' with the PGA Tour and effectively jumped into bed with them, any agreement was impossible."

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