Report: Luke Donald has weeks to make Ryder Cup captaincy decision

According to a report, Luke Donald has until the end of the year to decide if he wants to captain Team Europe at the 2025 Ryder Cup.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2023
Report: Luke Donald has weeks to make Ryder Cup captaincy decision

Luke Donald is reportedly being persuaded to stay on as European Ryder Cup captain after watching the impressive performances of his rookies in recent weeks. 

Donald, 45, selected Ludvig Aberg and Nicolai Hojgaard as two of his six captains picks for the dust-up in Rome. 

His choices raised a few eyebrows but as you know by now, his selections were vindicated as Team Europe swept aside Zach Johnson's Team USA by five points at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. 

Aberg and Hojgaard both lost their singles contests but proved they could handle the pressure by helping Europe forge a giant lead over the red, white and blue. 

Sweden's Aberg recently claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory at the RSM Classic to cap off an unforgettable year for the 24-year-old. 

It prompted Donald to post what could be considered an 'I told you so' message on social media

The Englishman was equally impressed by Hojgaard's exploits in Dubai as he clinched the season-ending DP World Tour Championship for the biggest pay day of his career. 

"What a win for Nico in one of Europe's strongest fields and up against some of the best players in the world," Donald posted, adding: "The future of European golf looks bright."

Donald was serenaded with chants of 'two more years' as the champagne flowed in Italy. 

He already has the backing of Europe's top points scorer in Rome as Rory McIlroy labelled Donald one of the best captains he has served under. 

According to a report by Telegraph Sport, he has been given until the end of the year to decide if he wants to take the reins again. 

A source told the paper:

"We want to announce the captain by the end of the year, so Luke does not have that much time to decide, although we have left him in peace while he discusses it with his family, because it is a a big, big commitment. There is a process, but everyone knows that if Luke wants it, Luke gets it. Let's just say, the signs are promising."

Should Donald say 'yes', then he would become only the fourth European in history lead Europe in two Ryder Cups. 

John Jacobs, Tony Jacklin and Bernard Gallacher are the only golfers who have captained Team Europe more than once. 

Only Davis Love III has captained the U.S. on more than one occasion. 

The bookies' favourite to be the next captain of Team USA is Stewart Cink, followed by Tiger Woods

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