Darren Clarke Named Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain For 2016
Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke will captain holders Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, United States.
A five-man panel selected the 46-year-old ahead of Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
Clarke has won the tournament four times as a player and was a non-playing vice-captain for wins in 2010 and 2012.
He said: “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.”
Clarke succeeds Irishman Paul McGinley, who led Europe to a five-point victory over the USA at Gleneagles in 2014.
The winner of the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George’s has lost just once in the seven times he has been involved in the Ryder Cup, the defeat at Brookline in 1999.
After a quartet of victories as a player – in 1997, 2002, 2004 and 2006 – Clarke helped successive captains Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal achieve success.
Clarke said: “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.”