Ryder Cup 2023: I'll keep an eye on Italian players -Stenson

Team Europe 'hungry' after 2021 defeat to USA says captain

Redazione ANSA ROME

(ANSA) - ROME, MAR 15 - Henrik Stenson said his men will be fired up for the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome after Team Europe's resounding defeat to the United States last year, adding that he will keep a keen eye on Italy's golfers in view of the event.
    "We will prepare in the best possible way for the 2023 challenge," Stenson told ANSA in an exclusive interview after being named Team Europe's captain on Tuesday.
    "We come off a defeat that showed all the strength and quality of the USA, but we will have the crowd on our side in Rome.
    "We are hungry for victory".
    As for the Italian players, Stenson said three-time Ryder Cup winner and 2018 Open champion Francesco Molinari is not the only one he will be watching.
    "Francesco Molinari was the best player at the Paris Ryder Cup in 2018, proving decisive until the end," Stenson said.
    "But he won't be the only Italian player I will follow in view of the 2023 event in Rome.
    "I intend to monitor all the tournaments that the Italians are involved in along with the other European players.
    "We have an 18-month journey ahead of us.
    "The road is long and it is impossible today to know who the 12 players on the course will be in 2023.
    "But I can guarantee that we will be ready. The team will be a mix of experience and youth.
    "I'll do my utmost to give all the players the necessary support".
    The favourites to be in the team include Spain's Jon Rahm and Norway's Viktor Hovland, the world number one and number three respectively, and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.
    Ryder Cup Europe is set to announce the selection criteria soon.
    Stenson also spoke about the venue for the 2023 Ryder Cup, the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
    "I had the chance to experience the course by taking part in the 2021 Italian Open and I found it to be fantastic," he said.
    "I'll follow the preparation of the course as the event approaches in order to make the most of my players' characteristics". (ANSA).