Clarke backs McGinley for 2014 Ryder captaincy

Paul McGinley has revealed Darren Clarke has agreed not to put his name forward as a possible 2014 Ryder Cup captain to aid the Dubliner’s hopes for the position.

McGinley is considered favourite to succeed José María Olazábal for the 2014 renewal in Scotland, but is conscious that actively seeking the job could be counter-productive.

However with Clarke and Pádraig Harrington also earmarked for the captaincy at some stage, there is the danger of ‘Irish candidate fatigue’, as one source put it.

However in tomorrow’s Weekend Sport’s section of the Irish Examiner, McGinley moves to clarify the position by revealing: “Clarkey is not going for 2014, he has given his support to me. That helps. Everything helps. It’s pretty odds-on that Darren is going to be captain in 2016. But if I get it in 2014, where does that leave Padraig (Harrington)? That’s why you’ve got to deal with it one step at a time. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on. You’ve got three Irish guys lined up. And the chances of getting three in-a-row are nil.”

McGinley added: “By all accounts, Darren is going to be nailed on for 2016 after winning the Open Championship. He sent me a hand written letter after the Seve Trophy last year saying how much he enjoyed me being captain, how much I surprised him by how good I was and that beyond doubt, I would have his full support for 2014.”

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