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Olazabal not interested in second stint

Last updated: 13th January 2013

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Jose Maria Olazabal: Once is enough

Jose Maria Olazabal: Once is enough

Jose Maria Olazabal insists he won't return for a second stint as Ryder Cup captain, saying Europe has a "generation of players that deserve the captaincy".

The European Tour is due to meet in Abu Dhabi on Monday to discuss the captain for the 2014 tournament at Glenealges and rumours are rife that they could ask Colin Montgomerie to return for a second time following the United States' decision to turn to Tom Watson.

Olazabal captained Europe to a spectacular comeback win in Chicago in September, but he is not keen on having another go.

"I would never do it again," he said. "First of all it's a lot of energy and time, a huge demand and the pressure is quite big.

"It's a different pressure, not one we are used to out there playing on the course. The media scrutinise everything you say and every possibility.

"On top of that, I've done it and it couldn't have been any better.

"Even if it was held in Spain again somewhere down the line I wouldn't do it.

"Monty has also done it and was successful too (at Celtic Manor in 2010). If I was him I wouldn't do it again, but Monty is his own man.

"It's being played in Scotland close to his home. It's his decision.

"I am a strong believer that we have a generation of players that deserve the captaincy - and some might miss out because there are just too many.

"I think it's right to give those guys a chance."

Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke were the two front-runners for the job, but the latter on Friday all but ruled himself out of the race by saying: "As much as I would dearly love to be captain this may not be my time".



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