Last year’s Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley insists that his successor will be appointed within the next two months but he is yet to decide who he will recommend to the panel.
McGinley inspired Europe to a 16.5-11.5 victory over the United States in September and is now tasked with choosing a candidate to lead the team in Minnesota next year.
The selection panel will include former captains Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie, as well European Tour officials, but McGinley’s opinion is likely to carry particular weight after his triumph at Gleneagles.
“I haven’t fully made my mind up yet about who I’m going to recommend,” McGinley, an Investec Ambassador, told Press Association Sport. “We’re still communicating, there are a number of people involved in making that decision – current players, potential players going forward, and people who are associated with the Ryder Cup.
“I’m gathering information from everyone and I want to get a really solid view of what everybody thinks before I bring my ideas forward. We’re working on it and in the next couple of months we’ll have a new captain in place and the wheels will be turning towards another Ryder Cup.”
Darren Clarke is the strong favourite to take the post having played in the Ryder Cup five times and helped lead the team as vice-captain in 2010, but McGinley wouldn’t be drawn on any specifics about his choice.
“Would Clarke be a good captain? The one thing I cannot do is express an opinion on that,” McGinley said. “I’ll talk about it afterwards but at this moment it’s only right I stay neutral and am fair to all the candidates. When I was trying to be captain, all I wanted was to be treated fairly by everybody so I think it’s important I do the same now I’m involved in the decision making process.”
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