‘New Ryder Cup captain by Christmas’

Paul McGinley hopes to see a new European Ryder Cup by Christmas, with 2016 assistants Thomas Bjorn and Pedraig Harrington believed to be the front-runners.

McGinley, who captained the team in 2014, will be part of the committee that will decide on Darren Clarke's successor following the European defeat at Hazeltine – their first since 2008.

"We'll be appointing a new skipper probably this side of Christmas," McGinley told Reuters.

"We are very disappointed to have lost the Ryder Cup. It hurts to lose. The event goes from strength to strength, this time it didn't go our way but we'll re-galvanize and come at the Americans again."

"There are five people making the choice, the three most recent captains – Darren, myself and Jose Maria Olazabal -combined with European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and someone nominated by the Players' Committee.

"I believe that player is (Open champion) Henrik Stenson. Hopefully we'll get together before Christmas, get that decision made, and go on to regain the Ryder Cup."