Hero Cup 2023, the teams and the players
Luke Donald has revealed the names of the top 18 players who will make up the teams of Great Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe at the Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi from 13th to 15th January. From consultations with the two Captains, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, a mix of experienced players and young talents has emerged.
The Hero Cup, heir to the Seve Trophy, was born with the declared aim of improving the experience of European players in team match play. But it is also true that it guarantees Luke Donald and his Ryder Cup staff assistants to gather valuable information on the players who are candidates to be part of the Team Europe that will take to the field at Marco Simone Golf & Country.
Hero Cup 2023, statements
Hence the decision to create two teams along the lines of Ryder’s teams. Donald said: “I worked shoulder to shoulder with Tommy and Fran on the composition of the two teams” “I am delighted with the mix of players taking to the course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in January” “We all thought the combination of experience and youth was important, and I think we found the right balance between Majors winners, Ryder players and guys hoping to secure a place in Rome next year”.
This is the composition of the teams. Great Britain & Ireland Ewen Ferguson, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry, Robert Macintyre, Seamus Power, Callum Shinkwin, Jordan Smith and Matt Wallace. Continental Europe Thomas Detry, Rasmus Hojgaard, Adrian Meronk, Guido Migliozzi, Alex Noren, Victor Perez, Thomas Pieters and Sepp Straka.
Both teams are still missing a player. Both will be communicated shortly. The run-up to the Ryder Cup has now truly begun. Although his father was Scottish, Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (therefore he describes himself as half-Scottish).
He began playing with his brother, who soon became his caddy. He immediately began winning his first tournaments at the age of 15. He attended the Royal Grammar School (High Wycombe) in his youth. He soon migrated to America to study at the College Prospects of America under golfer Martin Laird.
He soon made a name for himself, so much so that the major American colleges wanted him on their team in exchange for a scholarship. He was also accepted at Stanford, but couldn’t get in due to problems not related to golf.
So he “fell back” to Northwestern University in AD 1997, where he studied art, and where he even joined a fraternity. Under the orders of coach Pat Goss he won the NCAA Division I singles title in 1999, breaking Tiger Woods’ record.
On May 29, 2011, after Virginia Waters’ victory at the BMW Pga Championship (in the last shot against compatriot Lee Westwood, who was also vying for the world record as well as for the Tournament), he became the Number 1 in the world ranking for the first time in my career.