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Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari named playing captains for inaugural Hero Cup

Fleetwood: “The Hero Cup is a fantastic way for players to compete in team match play, something we have both always enjoyed”; Molinari: “The Hero Cup is a great idea and will be a very good way for European players to get a little more experience playing in team match play.”

Last updated: 09/11/22 9:24am


Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari have been named inaugural Hero Cup captains

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari have been named playing captains for the Hero Cup, a new team match play competition aimed at boosting Europe to take back the Ryder Cup.

Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald will oversee the Abu Dhabi event from January 13-15, with two 10-man teams competing in foursomes, fourballs and singles and all 20 players taking part in each session.

Fleetwood and Molinari will select nine players to join them in the Great Britain and Ireland and Continental Europe teams respectively.

The competition effectively fills the gap left by the Seve Trophy, which was held eight times between 2000 and 2013 and gave captaincy experience to future Ryder Cup skippers Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Faldo, Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn.

Molinari and Fleetwood won all four of their matches together in the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, earning the nickname ‘Moliwood’.

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The DP World Tour has announced the Hero Cup, a new team match play competition aimed at giving European players experience in the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cup appearances.

The DP World Tour has announced the Hero Cup, a new team match play competition aimed at giving European players experience in the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cup appearances.

Molinari said: “The Hero Cup is a great idea and will be a very good way for European players to get a little more experience playing in team match play. I definitely felt it benefited me when I was in the past. played in similar events.

“Hopefully Tommy and I can take some of our own team golf experience as captains to help the other players and we look forward to working with Luke on this exciting new concept in the lead up to a big year for European golf with the Ryder Cup taking place in my home country.”

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European captain Luke Donald says the new Hero Cup will help prepare European golfers for the Ryder Cup by allowing them to experience match play and bond with their teammates.

European captain Luke Donald says the new Hero Cup will help prepare European golfers for the Ryder Cup by allowing them to experience match play and bond with their teammates.

Fleetwood added: “Fran and I obviously get along very well so I’m sure it will feel a bit strange at first to be captains of the opposing team, but I think the Hero Cup is a fantastic way for players to compete in team match play, which is something we’ve both always enjoyed.”

The Ryder Cup 2023 will take place at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome from September 29 to October 1.

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