Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2023 Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy

They are separated by six weeks in age. Their names follow each other on the Claret Jug. Now they’ll face off as Captains for the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Weeks after Zach Johnson was chosen to lead the U.S. Ryder Cup Team next year at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, his European counterpart has been announced. It will be fellow Major Champion (and Ryder Cup veteran) Henrik Stenson leading the home team next year in Rome, becoming the first-ever Ryder Cup Captain from Sweden in the process.

Both men made their Ryder Cup debut at The K Club in 2006, and 17 years later they’ll each have plenty of influence over which individuals ultimately tee it up at Marco Simone. Here’s a look at how the two leading men stack up:


Johnson: 46 (Born February 24, 1976)

Stenson: 45 (Born April 5, 1976)


Johnson: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Stenson: Gothenburg, Sweden

Turned pro

Johnson: 1998

Stenson: 1999

Ryder Cup appearances as a player

Johnson: 5 (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

Stenson: 5 (2006, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Individual Ryder Cup record

Johnson: 8-7-2 (1-1-0 Fourball, 4-5-1 Foursomes, 3-1-1 Singles)

Stenson: 10-7-2 (3-2-1 Fourball, 4-3-1 Foursomes, 3-2-0 Singles)

Worldwide wins

Johnson: 14 (12 PGA Tour, 2 Korn Ferry Tour)

Stenson: 19 (6 PGA Tour, 9 DP World Tour, 1 Sunshine Tour, 3 Challenge Tour)

Major wins

Johnson: 2 (2007 Masters, 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews)

Stenson: 1 (2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon)

Best PGA Championship finish

Johnson: T-3 (2010 at Whistling Straits)

Stenson 3rd (2013 at Oak Hill)

First PGA Tour win

Johnson: 2004 BellSouth Classic

Stenson: 2007 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Most recent PGA Tour win

Johnson: 2015 Open Championship

Stenson: 2017 Wyndham Championship

Season-long titles

Johnson: None

Stenson: 3 (2013 FedExCup, 2013 Race to Dubai, 2016 Race to Dubai)

Highest world ranking

Johnson: 6th (February 2014)

Stenson: 2nd (April 2015)

Current world ranking

Johnson: 198th

Stenson: 205th

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