Donald to Captain Europe again at the 2025 Ryder Cup

Donald to Captain Europe again at the 2025 Ryder Cup

29/11/2023

Luke Donald has been selected to Captain Europe for the second successive Ryder Cup at Bethpage, New York in 2025.

The 45-year-old returns to the role having led Europe to a 16½ - 11½ victory against the United States in the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy, earlier this year.

Donald will become Europe’s first repeat Captain since former PGA Captain Bernard Gallacher performed the role in three consecutive Ryder Cups, in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

Donald will be aiming to become only the second Captain to lead Europe to victories both home and away, following Tony Jacklin who achieved the double in 1985 at The Belfry and two years later at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Donald said: “The Ryder Cup means so much to me, so to be Captain again and have the chance to create more history by becoming only the second European Captain to win back-to-back is exciting.

“Great opportunities don’t come along very often in life and I’m a great believer that when they do, you need to grab them with both hands – this is one of these moments.

“I’ve been fortunate as a player to have had many amazing times in the Ryder Cup over the years and so to add being a winning Captain to that, to form bonds with the 12 players like we did in Italy and to get the result we did, was very special indeed.

“There is no question that being a Captain away from home is a tough task. But I have never shied away from challenges throughout my career and it is precisely the kind of thing that motivates me. I can’t wait to get another 12-strong team to Bethpage in 2025.”

Donald represented Europe as a player in four Ryder Cups and was part of a winning team on all four occasions, contributing 10½ points from his 15 matches. He featured in Europe’s last win on American soil Medinah Country Club in 2012 when José María Olazábal’s side produced one of the most famous comebacks in Ryder Cup history.

Donald served as a Vice Captain in 2018 under Thomas Bjørn, and Pádraig Harrington in 2021, before becoming Captain for the first time at the 2023 contest in Rome.

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