Clarke, the Ryder Cup cash and the green-paved road to the Champions Tour

Clarke, the Ryder Cup cash and the green-paved road to the Champions Tour

The past few seasons have been lean ones for Darren Clarke on the golf course but landing the 2016 European Ryder Cup captaincy could be worth up to €2.7m in endorsement income to the 46-year old over the next 18 months, possibly much more, easing him to his 50th birthday, when he becomes eligible to join the lucrative US Champions Tour.

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Dr Clarke will see you now

Dr Clarke will see you now

Darren Clarke performed his first public duties as Europe's latest Ryder Cup captain at London Heathrow airport on Monday. As a friend remarked, it's a little frightening that the press release pointed out that "in 554 days’ time" he will depart from Heathrow to lead Europe’s defence against the USA at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.

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