Clarke officially out of the running
Last updated: 15th January 2013
Darren Clarke has finally informed the European Tour committee that he is not interested in the Ryder Cup captaincy.
The 2011 British Open champion hinted strongly last week that he would pull out of the race to skipper Europe at the 2014 tournament at Gleneagles as he wants to focus on his golf.
He finally got the weight off his shoulders in Abu Dhabi, where the European Tour are meeting on Tuesday to make a decision on the captaincy.
The 46-year-old Clarke said he informed Thomas Bjorn, chairman of the players committee, that he did not "want to be considered for the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2014".
"It was not a spur of the moment decision," he said. "I have been agonizing over what to do since I showed a few glimpses of my old form in Thailand and Australia at the end of last year."
With Clarke no longer an option, Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie are the final two candidates.
McGinley, who has world number one Rory McIlroy's backing, was the favourite, but former captain Montgomerie appears to have edged ahead of him in recent days.
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