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McGinley won't hinder Darren Clarke's Ryder captaincy bid

By James Tait

Paul McGinley has made it clear to Darren Clarke that he won't threaten the Ulsterman's chances of succeeding him as Europe's Ryder Cup captain.

It's no secret that the two men aren't the best of friends, their enmity fuelled by the last captaincy race.

Clarke, having initially supported McGinley's bid, then put his own name forward to stand against the Dubliner – then withdrew and supported Colin Montgomerie!

But now McGinley, who led the Europeans to a stunning victory over the US at the weekend, has insisted that his personal feelings towards Clarke will not be a factor when the Dungannon man bids to lead the defence of the trophy at Hazeltine, Minnesota, in 2016.

"Absolutely no problem whatsoever," said McGinley).

"I'm going to be very professional in my input. I'm going to get opinions from a lot of players and a lot of people before I put my opinion forward. Just like I was very much pushed over the line by the players.

"I'm part of the decision-making process. That's something we will discuss over the next few months."

Clarke is now clear favourite to get the nod for Hazeltine.

clarke in frame, pages 58-59

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