DP World Tour announce new Hero Cup team competition

DP World Tour announce new Hero Cup team competition, which will see Great Britain & Ireland take on continental Europe… as captain Luke Donald looks to gain ideal preparation for next year’s Ryder Cup

  • The DP World Tour have introduced a new team tournament called the Hero Cup
  • Ten players from Great Britain & Ireland will take on 10 players from Europe
  • Both teams will be picked by European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald 
  • Donald feels this could be perfect preparation for next year’s Ryder Cup in Rome 

The DP World Tour have announced that a new team matchplay tournament named the Hero Cup will take place in January ahead of next year’s Ryder Cup.

The competition will see 10 players from Great Britain and Ireland take on 10 players from continental Europe, with all 20 players to be picked by Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald along with the two team captains.

The newly-introduced event will be played across three days from January 13-15 in Abu Dhabi, and Donald is looking forward to seeing how potential Ryder Cup players fare in a team environment, with the next Ryder Cup in Rome set to go ahead in 12 months’ time.

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald will pick both teams for the Hero Cup next year

‘Hopefully I’ll be getting with the two captains, which will be announced shortly, figuring out the best team to go forward,’ Donald told Sky Sports following the announcement of the competition.

‘I think there’ll be a bit of a mixture of experience and some of the younger guys. It’s important to hear from those experienced guys, but also have those younger guys realise what these team events are all about. 

‘I was a big proponent of getting a team event back, and hopefully this event will grow from strength to strength as the years go on.’

Donald was only named as Ryder Cup captain last month after Henrik Stenson was stripped of the honour following his decision to defect to the controversial LIV Golf tour.

It is not yet clear as to whether the likes of Rory McIlroy (above) will take part in the Hero Cup

There is also uncertainty over whether Sergio Garcia will play after joining the LIV Golf tour

There is also some uncertainty over whether those who have joined the LIV tour will be available to play in the Ryder Cup moving forward. Should they be ruled out of the prestigious competition, this could also affect their chances of appearing in the Hero Cup.

However, Donald admitted that he is still waiting for clarity on the situation regarding LIV Golf players and the Ryder Cup, with the two teams for the Hero Cup not due to be announced until after the 2022 DP World Tour season finishes.

‘I have to keep a very open mind, and I’m trying not to worry about things that I can’t control at the moment. 

‘Once those developments have been issued, then I can make a better, clearer plan of how we proceed,’ he added.

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