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Darren Clarke denies Ryder Cup captaincy approach

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 13:54 | Comments

Darren Clarke was part of Jose Maria Olazabal's backroom team at the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah
Darren Clarke was part of Jose Maria Olazabal's backroom team at the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah

Darren Clarke has categorically denied being invited to become Europe's next Ryder Cup captain.

Clarke and Paul McGinley, another of the Medinah vice-captains, are the two front-runners for the job at Gleneagles in 2014.

Lee Westwood has come out in favour of his former cup partner, but world number one Rory McIlroy has said he thinks Clarke might be a better fit for the match in Minnesota in 2016.

Last year's Open champion, one of Jose Maria Olazabal's assistants in Chicago two weeks ago, went on Twitter following reports and insisted he had not been offered the captaincy.

Ryder Cup director Richard Hills this afternoon sought to dampen some of the speculation regarding the identity of the next European skipper.

He said: "No decision on the European captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup has been taken and none will be taken until at the earliest when the Tournament Committee next meets, most probably during the Middle East swing in early 2013."

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