Clarke waiting patiently

Darren Clarke is a picture of calm ahead of the Europe’s Ryder Cup captaincy announcement next week.

The Northern Irishman is widely believed to be the man in pole position for the European captaincy role at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in 2016.

The other man in contention is flamboyant Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

“If it’s Miguel, I would be delighted for him, but I would love to do the job,” the 46-year-old told BBC Sport.

“To be the captain is huge, but he is only there to steer the players. It’s not about the captain, it’s about the team.”

Clarke was a member of the European team that retained the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September last year, making it the eighth win in ten tournaments for Europe.

“I’ve got very, very special memories of the event and I’m fortunate to have played in many winning teams,” added the former Open Championship winner.

“Those memories I will cherish forever.”

Paul McGinley, who captained Europe in their recent win, is part of the five-man panel that will make the announcement on Wednesday.