Henrik Stenson will meet with the DP World Tour on Tuesday as hypothesis will increase that Europe’s Ryder Cup captain is about to hitch the Saudi insurgent circuit.
Rumours have been rife eventually week’s Open Championship, with Sky Sports activities reporting on Sunday evening that Stenson is “anticipated” to be introduced as the LIV Golf Series’ latest convert and can be instantly “stripped of the captaincy” for subsequent 12 months’s match in Rome.
Stenson missed the lower at St Andrews the place he had the possibility to disclaim the story however he would solely utter a “no remark”. On Twitter, Eddie Pepperell, the a number of Tour winner posted: “I’d heard Henrik was going weeks in the past… really insane cash.”
Stenson’s refusal to kill the rumours stone lifeless, in addition to the ever-louder whispers, satisfied the DP World Tour – previously the European Tour – to hunt out the 46-year-old for assurances, with a gathering set for Tuesday. As well as Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, it should additionally contain his right-hand man Man Kinnings.
If they don’t obtain the ensures they require then they may level out the size of the approaching U-turn and the authorized dedication he undertook when accepting the job.
When Stenson earned the nod over Luke Donald to be named as Padraig Harrington’s successor, there have been issues concerning the potential of the 2016 Open champion being lured to LIV because it was recognized that he had been mulling a $30 million supply, the identical deal finally accepted by Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
Captains are at all times requested to signal a contract with Ryder Cup Europe, however Telegraph Sport learnt that this time as the choice course of unfolded Pelley inserted a clause that clearly pertains to LIV. “The profitable candidate can be anticipated throughout his tenure to decide to supporting the Ryder Cup and the DP World Tour completely,” it reads, “and subsequently, by extension, not supporting or selling different properties [including, without limitation, other Tours, Leagues, Series or Competitions].”
Stenson, himself, acknowledged this dedication in his unveiling press convention. “There’s been a variety of hypothesis backwards and forwards, however I’m absolutely dedicated to the captaincy and to Ryder Cup Europe and the job at hand,” he stated.
“The captain does signal a contract. He is the one one which does that. Gamers and vice captains do not. However the captain has an settlement and people agreements are between Ryder Cup Europe and the captain, so I am absolutely dedicated to my position as a captain and dealing laborious in direction of the consequence we wish in Rome.”
Stenson has been lively within the place, visiting the host course and appointing Thomas Bjorn, the 2018 skipper, as his vice-captain. There have been experiences that the Dane has been lined up as Europe’s emergency captain ought to Stenson stun the sport and defect, however when contacted by Telegraph Sport Bjorn stated: “I’ve heard nothing.”
Stenson has suffered monetary points up to now, shedding thousands and thousands within the Allen Stanford fraud in addition to in different failed enterprise dealings. He’s represented by the identical sports activities company, CM Sports activities Administration, that additionally symbolize Poulter, Westwood and two different English LIV recruits in Sam Horsfield and Laurie Canter.
Two weeks in the past, Poulter took the authorized path to win an injunction towards his Tour ban to play within the Scottish Open. One idea in Wentworth HQ is that this verdict may have persuaded Stenson and his camp to imagine that he may be capable of play on LIV and nonetheless be Ryder Cup captain. Nonetheless, the Tour would virtually actually reject this risk out of hand whether it is raised within the assembly.