The 1999 Open champion insists “it needs to be the identical as earlier than” within the gentle of Stenson’s removing as skipper for the matches in Rome subsequent 12 months. He added “will probably be enjoyable and video games” if that was not the case.
Lawrie, Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson had been the three others within the four-man subject deliberated on by the choice panel earlier this 12 months.
Paul Lawrie says it could be ‘a joke’ if Henrik Stenson’s substitute as European Ryder Cup captain was not one of many three remaining authentic candidates.
Speedy previous captains Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Padriag Harrington selected Stenson as captain, suggested by DP World Tour chief government Keith Pelley and Match Committee chairman David Howell.
Stenson was ousted as captain on Tuesday – 127 days after being appointed – when he confirmed he’d joined the Saudi-backed insurgent tour LIV Golf.
Now Lawrie thinks Stenson’s substitute needs to be picked from the opposite candidates.
“The method is the method,” he stated after his first spherical on the Senior Open at Gleneagles. “My scenario has not modified, I assume they simply return to the best way they did it earlier than, with the 5 guys voting on the opposite three individuals who had been up for the job initially.
“I’m led to imagine which may not be the case. And if it’s not the case then it’s a joke, to be trustworthy. It needs to be the identical method because it was earlier than.
“You hear Thomas (Bjorn)’s identify is being banded about now. I don’t see how that may be the case. He’s voting. How are you going to get the job when you’re voting?
“The 4 individuals who had been up for the job, 5 individuals voted on that 4. Now that Henrik is out of the image, certainly the identical 5 individuals vote for the three who had been up for the job within the first place.
“You possibly can’t change the principles. The method is the method. Let’s see. It’ll be enjoyable and video games if it’s not, I’m telling you.”
Bjorn, who performed with Lawrie on the Senior Open at Gleneagles on Thursday, wouldn’t communicate straight in regards to the challenge or the opportunity of him being captain once more, however pleaded for calm.
“I’d wish to digest it earlier than I’ve something to say,” stated the 2018 captain. “There’s simply all a lot to consider. It’s emotional and I simply need to digest all of it.
“Was it a shock? Nothing shocks me for the time being if I’m going to be trustworthy. It actually doesn’t.