Darren Clarke admits it would be an honour to captain the European Ryder Cup team in 2014 but has denied that he has already been offered the job (Europe 4/5, USA 5/4 – Win Outright with bet365).
The Northern Irishman was one of Jose Maria Olazabal’s assistants at Medinah a couple of weeks ago as Europe staged a final-day comeback to beat the USA by 14.5 points to 13.5.
The dust had hardly settled on the amazing contest before thoughts turned to who might succeed the Spaniard when the match moves to Gleneagles in Scotland in two years.
Clarke and Irishman Paul McGinley were the two names immediately linked with the post and both have made it clear they would relish the opportunity to take on the Americans at some stage.
Opinion is divided as to when it would be best for Clarke to be handed the reins, with Lee Westwood favouring the 2011 Open champion at Gleneagles and Rory McIlroy admitting that he feels Clarke should do the job when the Ryder Cup returns stateside in 2016.
It seems inevitable that the jovial 44-year-old will captain the European team at some stage in the future but he was quick to point out on Twitter that he has not been approached about 2014 just yet.
“To clarify, I have not been offered the Ryder Cup captaincy,” he tweeted. “It’s not decided by the committee until January but it would be a huge honour if asked.”
Clarke’s form has dipped appreciably since he claimed his only major at Sandwich last year but he will tee it up in this week’s Portugal Masters on Thursday (Clarke 140/1 – Outright Winner).
A couple of Ryder Cup heroes are also in the field, with Martin Kaymer (16/1) and Francesco Molinari (14/1) set for an outing, while South Africa’s George Coetzee (20/1) has been tipped for a big week at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course.