The organizers announced the list of 18 players who will participate in the list of the “Continent of Europe” and “Britain and Ireland” teams in the first edition of the “Hero Cup” tournament, which will be held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club . from 13 to 15 January next year, with the support of the Council Abu Dhabi Sports.
Luke Donald, captain of the European Ryder Cup team, in consultation with the captains of the English teams Tommy Fleetwood and Italian Francesco Molinari announced the list which includes a group of Ryder Cup stars, major tournaments and promising players in the golf world. who will also participate, while one seat will be allocated in each team selected. Determined at the end of the calendar year of the “DB World” tour.
Donald and Molinari have built more strong players who have crowned titles in the European team, with the presence of Swede Alex Noreen and Belgian Thomas Peters, as the Belgian seeks to show his strength with the European team one week before he campaigns to defending his title in the Abu Dhabi «HSBC» Championship in Yas Links Club.
Molinari’s team will be complemented by an array of exciting young players, including Austrian Sepp Straka, who won his first PGA Tour title in the 2022 Honda Classic, Denmark’s Rasmus Hougaard, winner of two DB World Tour titles, and France said Victor Perez. And Adrian Mironek, who became the first Pole to win a title on the “DB World” tour when he crowned the 2022 Irish Horizon Open.
Belgian Thomas Detre has also enjoyed a strong start to the PGA Tour season, finishing in the top 12 in three out of five tournaments he has entered (including second place in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship), and is also found six times in the top-15. list in the Tour. DB World. Also on the team is Italian Guido Miluzzi, who had the biggest win of his career last September by winning the Kazoo French Open.
The Britain-Ireland team, led by Fleetwood, includes Irishman Shane Lowry, the two-time Ryder Cup player and the 2019 Open Championship champion, Englishman Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, and Englishman Terrell Hatton, who with four titles are crowned. in the Rolex series.
They will be joined by a host of Ryder Cup hopefuls, including Ireland’s Seamus Power, who has enjoyed an excellent start to the 2023 PGA Tour and currently leads the FedEX Cup standings, and players who will be champions in 2022 was crowned at the DB world tournament. They are: the Scotsman Ewan Ferguson, the Scotsman Robert McIntry, the Englishman Calum Shinquin and the Englishman Jordan Smith.
Luke Donald, captain of the European team in the 2023 Ryder Cup, said: “Having worked closely with Tommy and Francesco to select the two teams, I am pleased with the mix of players who will compete at the Abu Dhabi next January golf club will be.”
He added, “We all thought it was important to combine experience with youth, and I think we found that balance with a mix of senior champions and Ryder Cup players, along with players hoping for a place in the European Ryder Cup team for the tournament to be held in Rome next year.” ».
“Our team is full of exciting players who all have the makings of excellence, and I’m excited to lead them into the Heroes Cup next year,” said Molinari, European team leader and 2018 Open Championship champion.
He added, “Some of our young players have already shown incredible maturity in high-pressure situations, proving their ability to perform in the big moments; So giving them the chance to compete alongside the likes of Alex Noreen and Thomas Peters in this tournament will be very important at the start of what could be a big year for them.”
Fleetwood, who joined Molinari as they collected four points from four games in the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, said: “Very pleased with the players who will make up the Great Britain and Ireland squad next year. With the experience of Danny, Shane and Tyrell will be invaluable to the rest of the team on the field. I think we are really strong in terms of all the team members. We have players who have proven themselves through some of the biggest events on the DB World Tour, and it will be great to have Seamus with us after his excellent start to the season in America.”
Dr Pawan Manjal, Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp, said: “We are delighted to see the best talent from Europe come together with the Grand Slam champions and Ryder Cup stars at the Hero Cup this January. The stadium is between these two strong teams.”
Heroes Cup 2023 Teams:
Great Britain and Ireland team
Tommy Fleetwood “The Leader”
Francesco Molinari “The Leader”