In what seems to be a declaration of battle, Greg Norman’s Saudi golf league has signed Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson. He introduced Wednesday that he could be becoming a member of the brand new tour, though he expressed that he needed to proceed to play DP World Tour occasions. He’s clearly out as Europe’s captain for subsequent 12 months — when he was elected to the captaincy, he signed a contract that banned him from enjoying in any excursions apart from the PGA and the DP World, which he’s now not honoring after as we speak.
I’m actually not the primary to level this out and I gained’t be the final, however Stenson isn’t precisely an enormous seize. He doesn’t precisely herald viewers. He’s already 46 years outdated and he final gained a single main event again in 2016, so all of this appears like specific poaching of a Ryder Cup captain in an try and severely disrupt the present leagues and constructions. If the Saudis had been enjoying their model of good up till now, that’s performed. It appears that evidently they need to undermine the PGA and DP World Excursions in addition to the very state of the game, they usually’re utilizing Stenson as a software to try this in an influence play towards some of the essential occasions in golf.
The Ryder Cup European Group has already misplaced Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, and Lee Westwood to the Saudi Golf League. In a (very) prolonged assertion that Stenson put out as we speak, he admitted that the transfer was, partly, “commercially pushed,” which is a pleasant method to say that they gave him more cash than he’s in all probability value, however added on all that bullshit about rising the sport and the brand new format and all these good speaking factors. He additionally stated that he’s assured that “LIV golf… will likely be a pressure for good” — how that will come to be is as of but unclear, as this has from the very starting been a really apparent try at sportswashing the nation’s human rights file.
He’ll be enjoying on the upcoming event in Bedminster subsequent weekend, and Europe is now on the hunt for a brand new captain — ideally one who gained’t soar ship this time.