Stenson’s captaincy was revoked because it’s understood he’s signed as much as be a part of the Saudi-backed insurgent tour at their third occasion in New Jersey subsequent week. The 2016 Open champion is believed to have signed a deal value greater than he was beforehand provided earlier than he took the Ryder Cup submit in March.
Padraig Harrington slammed Henrik Stenson – his successor as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain – because the Swede was stripped of the job for becoming a member of LIV Golf.
Harrington, captain final 12 months at Whistling Straits, was a part of the committee that appointed Stenson, simply 124 days in the past. He has “no empathy” for the Swede.
“I definitely empathise with anyone who has made the choice to go to play a brand new tour, when the monetary incentives are fairly spectacular,” stated Harrington, at Gleneagles making his Senior Open debut. “However I do suppose it’s completely different in Henriks’ case.
“He signed a contract not to try this, he was particularly requested not to try this. So, no empathy there. He took the Ryder Cup job when LIV was unsure. Now LIV is just about mainstream normalised, he’s jumped ship.”
“I’m not going to undergo how we happened our choice (to nominate him). The Tour will inform you he had a signed contract. I suppose he may say if there had been extra commitments requested.
“But it surely’s completely different. He wished to take (the captaincy) on when LIV appeared prefer it wasn’t going to occur.
“Now LIV is fairly near mainstream, there’s definitely much less threat in becoming a member of that tour, he’s gone over.
“I do know it’s a monetary choice and we’re all right here to generate income and issues like that. Financially being the Ryder Cup captain in Europe may be very profitable, clearly it’s higher to go over to LIV.
“And as a lot because it may not go well with him now, typically whenever you signal as much as one thing it’s important to settle for you decided on the time and also you’ve bought to keep it up.
“He’s achieved what he stated he wouldn’t do.”
Harrington stated that the impact on the group could be minimal with 15 months nonetheless to go to the matches, and he anticipated the committee would reconvene to pick once more.
Stenson’s different predecessors as captain taking part in at Gleneagles took a extra sympathetic line.