LONDON — European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald appointed Nicolas Colsaerts as his third vice captain on Tuesday for subsequent yr’s occasion in Rome.
The Belgian golfer, who turned 40 final week, joins Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Edoardo Molinari of Italy as vice captains for the European crew.
Colsaerts helped Europe win the 2012 Ryder Cup and has three match victories on the European tour.
“My first response when Luke requested me was sheer pleasure,” Colsaerts mentioned in an announcement. “Each time I hear the phrases ‘Ryder Cup,’ it takes me again to the version I performed in, how proud I used to be to put on the European colours and be a part of such an unbelievable occasion.”
Bjorn and Molinari have been each appointed by Henrik Stenson, who was stripped of the function as Europe’s captain after becoming a member of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf breakaway collection.
Donald stored each Bjorn and Molinari after changing Stenson and mentioned the selection of Colsaerts as his third vice captain had “been on my thoughts for a few months now.”
“I performed within the crew with him in 2012 and you might simply see how a lot it meant to him,” Donald mentioned. “He understands what it means to characterize the European crest and what it means to be a part of the Ryder Cup setup. After I requested him, he actually had goosebumps.”
The 2023 Ryder Cup can be performed on the Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership in Rome from Sept. 26-Oct. 1.