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Saturday 27 December 2014

Darren Clarke rules himself out as next Ryder Cup captain

Ryder Cup Europe Team Captain Colin Montgomerie (L) chats with Vice Captain Darren Clarke. Clarke has said he does not want to be captain in Chicago in two years time
Ryder Cup Europe Team Captain Colin Montgomerie (L) chats with Vice Captain Darren Clarke. Clarke has said he does not want to be captain in Chicago in two years time
European Captain Colin Montgomerie sits by the side of the 17th green before Graeme McDowell wins during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
European Team member Graeme McDowell poses with the Ryder Cup following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
European Team members (L-R) Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy pose with the Ryder Cup following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
(L-R) Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate on the balcony of the clubhouse following Europe's victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Gareth and Jackie McLaughlin, from Portrush celebrate Graeme McDowell's Ryder Cup winning birdie putt as they watch the contest on TV at his hometown Rathmore Golf Club in Portrush
Supporters celebrate Graeme McDowell's Ryder Cup winning birdie putt as they watch the contest on TV at his hometown Rathmore Golf Club in Portrush
Vice captain Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and vice captain Darren Clarke
Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and vice captain Darren Clarke celebrate
(L-R) European Team members Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal pose with the Ryder Cup following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Tiger Woods of Team USA attends a press conference following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his 3&1 win to secure victory for the European team on the 17th green in the singles matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his 3&1 win over Hunter Mahan to secure victory for the European team on the 17th green in the singles matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Graeme McDowell of Europe sprays champagne on the balcony of the clubhouse following Europe's victory during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales.
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate on the balcony of the clubhosue following Europe's victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Europe's Graeme McDowell salutes the crowd from the balcony after Europe won the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Europe's Lee Westwood (front) and Padraig Harrington after winning during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Europe's Graeme McDowell celebrates on the 16th hole after going 2up during the session 4 singles match during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his 3&1 win to secure victory for the European team on the 17th green with Padraig Harrington (R) in the singles matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales.
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his 3&1 win to secure victory for the European team on the 17th green with Ian Poulter (R) in the singles matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales.
Graeme McDowell of Europe is mobbed by his team mates
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his 3&1 win to secure victory for the European team
Graeme McDowell of Europe is mobbed by his team mates
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his 3&1 win to secure victory for the European team on the 17th green
Europe's Graeme McDowell celebrates on 16th during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Euorpe's Lee Westwood (right) shakes hands with the USA's Tiger Woods after he beat the American pairing of Woods and Stricker in the session 3 foursomes, during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Europe's Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez smokes a cigar after completing his round during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Kandi Harris, the partner of the USA's Hunter Hahan watches his match in the session 3 foursomes, during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Graeme was put there for a very good reason. He won the US Open, was full of confidence and it showed.
Victorious European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie gives his reasons for sending out Graeme McDowell last for what proved the crucial singles match against the United States.
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate on the 17th green after winnig their match
Jeff Overton of the USA putts on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Zach Johnson of the USA consults with an official during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Former Dutch football player Ruud Gullit (L) shakes hands with Lee Westwood of Europe during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Ian Poulter of Europe celebrates holing a putt on the 15th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Francesco Molinari of Europe is congratulated by fans after winning his match during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Padraig Harrington of Europe is congratulated by USA Captain Corey Pavin (L) after winning his match on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Rory McIlroy of Europe and Graeme McDowell (L) support their team mates during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates winning his match on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Dustin Johnson's partner Amanda Caulder looks on during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Luke Donald of Europe smiles with wife Diane during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
A cart passes through the rain and mud during the weather delay prior to the restart of the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Rory McIlroy (R) of Europe celebrates holing a putt with team mate Graeme McDowell to wiin their match on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
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USA Captain Corey Pavin waits alongside Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods on the 18th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
Europe Captain Colin Montgomerie (L) reacts with Vice Captain Sergio Garcia during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales
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Fans watch through binoculars whilst wering Dragon hats during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor
Euorpean captain's wife Gaynor Montgomerie during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport
Europe's Ian Poulter is mobbed by fans as he makes his way off the 17th green after victory in the fourballs during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Darren Clarke does not want to be Ryder Cup captain in Chicago in two years time.

The Ulsterman, a vice-captain to Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor, says he still has unfinished business as a player.

“”I want to try and play another one if I can,” Clarke said yesterday.

Jose Maria Olazabal is the odds-on favourite to be given the job for Medinah — and he could be named captain as early as this week.

The main obstacle is his health as he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

“Jose Maria has been battling illness but if he can come back to proper form then all of Europe and all of this team would welcome him as captain in two years' time,” Clarke added.

The Tournament Players Committee will discuss who will lead the defence of the Ryder Cup in Chicago at a meeting in Portugal on Tuesday – and that such is the support for the Spaniard that the position will be his to accept or decline.

The path seems set for a quick announcement as Olazabal yesterday declared: “I would love the role.”

But before his backers — who include Montgomerie — become too excited it is understood he might not be ready to make a commitment yet because of his ongoing fight with rheumatoid arthritis. If this is the case, then the committee will give him to the start of next year to decide.

Olazabal found himself the target for a barrage of persuasion at the celebration party on Monday night, held at Celtic Manor a few hours after Europe had regained the trophy in a excruciatingly tense finale.

“It was mentioned by the players and by Monty, but there is just one issue and that is my health,” said Olazabal.

“I would love to do it, but you have to fulfil certain things. For instance I think you need to be close to the players and play with them during the qualifying process and that's why it is the only question mark.”

Even though Olazabal has played only one competitive event in the last year, Montgomerie is of the opinion that the affirmation should come sooner rather than later.

He co-opted Olazabal into the team-room as his fifth vice-captain after the first day of the extended match.

“Jose Maria did brilliantly as one of my assistants and I think now is his time,” said the Scot yesterday.

“He is 45 and it seems to be a young man's game. He will do as good if not a better job than I did.”

That appeared to be the unanimous consensus as the players left the Gwent resort.

“He is the choice of all the players,” said Padraig Harrington.

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