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Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry among players competing for Great Britain and Ireland; Alex Noren and Thomas Pieters join Continental Europe – watch the Hero Cup live from January 13-15 on Sky Sports

Last Updated: 11/28/22 10:44 am


Europe captain Luke Donald says in September the new Hero Cup will help European golfers prepare for the Ryder Cup

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Europe captain Luke Donald says in September the new Hero Cup will help European golfers prepare for the Ryder Cup

Europe captain Luke Donald says in September the new Hero Cup will help European golfers prepare for the Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald has announced the squad for the inaugural Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi, voting for a combination of youth with experience in both Continental Europe and Great Britain and Ireland.

Three-day hitting competition at Abu Dhabi Golf Club from 13 to 15 January live on Sky Sportswill give European players a team-based experience ahead of potential future Ryder Cup appearances.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari will act as captains of the 10-man squads, with Donald appointing two more players on each side who have past Ryder Cup experience and include a number of rookies vying to feature. for Team Europe in the next Ryder Cup.

Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry will feature in the UK and Ireland squad at the Hero Cup

Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry will feature in the UK and Ireland squad at the Hero Cup

Two-time Ryder Cup winner Fleetwood has 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry and four-time Rolex Series champion Tyrrell Hatton on his UK and Ireland squad, with the trio all featuring. in last year’s Ryder Cup loss at Whistling Straits.

Irish athlete Seamus Power – who has enjoyed a great start to the PGA Tour season and is currently leading the FedExCup Leaderboard – will be joining the GB&Ireland team, along with DP World Tour winners Ewen Ferguson , Robert MacIntyre, Callum Shinkwin, Jordan Smith and Matt Wallace. .

Seamus Power is a two-time winner of the PGA Tour

Seamus Power is a two-time winner of the PGA Tour

“I’m really pleased with the players who will form the UK and Ireland squads next year,” Fleetwood said. “Having Shane’s experience [Lowry] and Tyrrell [Hatton] It’s going to be invaluable to the rest of the team in a competitive environment but I think we’re really strong as a team.

“We’ve proven winners in some of the biggest DP World Tour events and it’s great to have Seamus [Power] with us after his great start to the season in the US.”

Tommy Fleetwood will captain Great Britain and Ireland at the Hero Cup

Tommy Fleetwood will captain Great Britain and Ireland at the Hero Cup

Molinari has Ryder Cup 2018 winners Alex Noren and Thomas Pieters of Belgium – who scored four points on his debut for Team Europe in 2016 – on his Continental Europe team, with Austrian Sepp Straka also featured after his breakout PGA Tour win earlier this year.

Three-time DP World Tour winner Rasmus Højgaard was also named, along with Victor Perez, Adrian Meronk, Thomas Detry and Guido Migliozzi of Italy, who are looking to feature in the Ryder Cup at home next September.

Molinari said: “Our team has a lot of interesting players who all excel in a competitive competition and I am delighted to lead them to next year’s Hero Cup.

The Hero Cup is a new team competition aimed at giving European players a taste of the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cups.

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The Hero Cup is a new team competition aimed at giving European players a taste of the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cups.

The Hero Cup is a new team competition aimed at giving European players a taste of the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cups.

“Some of our young players have shown incredible maturity in high-pressure situations and proven that they can perform in the key moments, so giving them the opportunity to compete “Playing on this stage with the likes of Alex Noren and Thomas Pieters will be really important at the tournament. The start of a year could be a big one for them.”

Each team still has one slot left, with Donald to announce the final two players in the squad at the end of the DP World Tour calendar year.

“After working closely with Tommy and Fran on building the two teams, I am delighted with the combination of players that will be at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in January,” said Donald.

Continental Europe: Francesco Molinari (c), Thomas Detry, Rasmus Hojgaard, Adrian Meronk, Guido Migliozzi, Alex Noren, Victor Perez, Thomas Pieters, Sepp Straka, TBC

UK and Ireland: Tommy Fleetwood (c), Ewen Ferguson, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry, Robert MacIntyre, Seamus Power, Callum Shinkwin, Jordan Smith, Matt Wallace, TBC

“We all think it’s important to combine experience and youth and I think we’ve found that balance with a mix of Major and Ryder Cup champions, along with who are hoping for a spot in Rome next year.”

Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland, the four top European players in the world rankings and all likely to play a key role in Europe’s next Ryder Cup team, were absent from the competition.

The Hero Cup is the first DP World Tour event of 2023, broadcast live January 13-15 on Sky Sports Golf!

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