Will the next European Captain please stand up

140th Open Championship - Day Four

The Ryder Cup in recent years has been dominated by Europe as all European players show their superiority over the Americans on the course. This week Europe have decided to try to carry on that trend by appointing Darren Clarke as Captain for the 2016 tournament in Minnesota.

The captaincy was decided among a panel of judges which included last years Captain, Paul McGinley and recent skippers Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie. The panel had two coveted stars to choose from, with Spanish star Miguel Angel Jimenez also in contention. But the Northern Irishman and one time major winner Darren Clarke was assigned to lead Europe to Victory for the 7th time in the last 8 tournaments.

Here is the Ryder Cup record for both Jimenez and Clarke.

CLARKE                                              JIMENEZ

Played                                                    5                                                              4

Wins as a Player                                  4                                                              2

Total Points Won                            11 1/2                                                      5 1/2

Vice-Captain Appearances               2                                                               3

Wins as Vice-Captain                        2                                                               3

Clarke was delighted at being appointed Captain and here is what he had to say in an interview after he found out the news.“I am naturally extremely proud to be selected as European Ryder Cup captain for 2016. The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour.

“I am lucky to have played and worked under some fantastic captains in my seven Ryder Cups to date, and I look forward to the challenge of trying to follow in their footsteps and help Europe to a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine next year.”

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