Clarke eager for captaincy

Following Europe’s win, Darren Clarke has expressed interest in being the next Ryder Cup captain.

The former Open Championship winner was a vice-captain that helped inspire Europe’s comeback from 10-6 down at Medinah two years ago.

“I would love to be at some stage…but that’s up to the committee to decide,” the 46-year-old told Sky Sports.

“They will have a list of potential candidates and look at each one on merit, discuss it and decide which guy is best. Obviously it would be a huge honour. If they would offer me the position I would love to do it at some stage.”

Clarke’s statement comes after Paul McGinley revealed that he would not be involved in future Ryder Cups as either captain or vice-captain.

The Northern Irishman is the bookmakers favourite to get the lead role for the 2016 event ahead of former captain Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernard Langer, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie.

Meanwhile, McGinley has indicated he will assist the new captain in whatever way possible, albeit in an unofficial manner.

“The Ryder Cup has been very good to me and I’m quite happy now to take very much a background (role),” said McGinley.

“I’ve got a role now in deciding who the next captain will be and we’ll see where that goes in the next few months on behalf of the European Tour.

“I don’t think it would be right for me to go into the vice-captaincy role. I don’t know if I’d quite enjoy that, having done it, and then stepped up to captaincy. But I’m very happy to help the captain in any way. On the European side, obviously!”