2025 Ryder Cup: Luke Donald to Return As Team Europe’s Captain at Bethpage Black in New York

2025 Ryder Cup: Luke Donald to Return As Team Europe’s Captain at Bethpage Black in New York

Joel Reyes
updated at November 30, 2023 at 3:12 PM
  • Luke Donald will be Team Europe’s captain for the 2025 Ryder Cup
  • He led the Europeans to a 16.5-11.5 victory in the edition of 2023
  • Europe have not won on American soil since the 2012 Ryder Cup

Luke Donald is back!

The DP World Tour announced on Wednesday that the Englishman will return as captain of Team Europe for the 2025 Ryder Cup.

The event will take place at Bethpage Black in New York.

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Luke Donald lifts the Ryder Cup after Team Europe's victory. Image: Andrew Redington.
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Donald makes Ryder Cup history

Donald will be the Europeans’ first repeat captain since Bernard Gallacher held that position in three consecutive Ryder Cup editions from 1991 to 1995, per ESPN.

The 45-year-old returning for another tour of duty wasn’t a complete surprise given his excellent handling of Team Europe in this year’s Ryder Cup.

He helped the Europeans regain the Cup on home soil, leading them to a 16.5-11.5 victory over the United States at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club.

Donald was a late replacement for Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who was stripped of the captaincy in July last year after his decision to join LIV Golf.

He released a statement regarding his return as Team Europe’s captain, saying:

"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."

He will have his work cut out for him in New York in two years’ time. The Europeans have not won or retained the Ryder Cup on American soil since 2012, when they pulled off the 'Miracle of Medinah'.

Ryder Cup's European stars

The good news for Donald is that he’s got a team that’s more than capable of beating the United States.

Rory McIlroy starred for the Europeans in the 2023 Ryder Cup, scoring four points from five matches.

Tyrrell Hatton and Viktor Hovland also stepped up for Team Europe, each scoring 3.5 points. Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood also contributed, each scoring 3 points in the win against Team USA.

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Woods to return at Hero World Challenge

Sports Brief also recently reported on Tiger Woods’ much-anticipated return at the 2023 Hero World Challenge.

He withdrew after making it into the year's first major and this will mark his first start since the Masters last April.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.