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Luke Donald Retains Ryder Cup Captaincy for 2025

Luke Donald Retains Ryder Cup Captaincy for 2025
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Luke Donald will return to lead Team Europe for the 2025 edition of the Ryder Cup in New York.

The 45-year-old Englishman guided Team Europe to a convincing 16½ – 11½ victory over Team USA in the 2023 edition at Marco Simone GC in Rome.

In total, Donald has been victories in all four of his appearances in the tournament both as a player and a captain.

He will become the first European captain to serve back-to-back terms since Bernard Gallacher captained the side from 1991-1995.

I’m delighted and honoured to have been given the chance to lead Team Europe in the Ryder Cup once again,” Donald said. “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.

“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.

“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.”

Executive Director of the Ryder Cup, Guy Kinnings, said: “Luke was a superb Captain in Rome and we are delighted that he will be returning to the role for the 2025 Ryder Cup in New York.

“He demonstrated clear, calm and meticulous leadership skills in Rome, and all those qualities will be big assets again for Luke and Team Europe as they take on the considerable challenge of trying to retain the Ryder Cup against a strong US Team backed by passionate support in New York.”

The 2025 Ryder Cup will take place from 26-28 September 2025 at Bethpage Black, New York.

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