Betting for the 2014 European Ryder Cup captaincy is in full swing with Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley the leading candidates for the job at Gleneagles, according to the bookies. Who would you like to see get the job?
Clarke resigned to Jiménez showdown for captaincy
A few weeks ago it appeared that Miguel Ángel Jiménez had all but thrown in the towel and looked more likely to pursue his career goals than press his case for the 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy. But having declared in Abu Dhabi that he now wants the job "with a passion" — a remarkable turnaround for a man who was as non-committal as could be in a season-ending interview with Ten Golf at Christmas — we now have a fascinating popularity contest on our hands.
Jiménez coy on 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy
Miguel Ángel Jiménez admits he could be one of Paul McGinley’s rivals for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy.
The man from Malaga, 48, knows that Gleneagles will represent his last chance to lead Europe into battle against the Americans. And while he’s aware that McGinley is the hot favourite with the bookies, he’s certainly not ruling himself out of the running for the job.
McGinley on Poulter: "He's like an actor getting into character"
But if world No 1 Rory McIlroy had his way, he’d give Clarke the job in America in 2016, indirectly backing McGinley to take over from Jose Maria Olazabal at Gleneagles in two years’ time.
Monty the dark horse in Ryder Cup race full of intrigue
Europe will almost certainly name its 2014 Ryder Cup captain next week as the European Tour moves to put a man in place and begin the search for sponsors for what could be a challenging staging at Gleneagles.
According to sources close to the European Tour, the powers at Wentworth are keen to delay no longer and get the marketing campaign up and running and appoint the man to do battle with Tom Watson, who the Americans appointed last month as the man best equipped to wrest back the trophy in Scotland in 625 days’ time.
Talk that the decision could be put off for a month is no longer on the agenda but while it appears clear which candidate or candidates will be at the centre of discussions when the Tournament Players Committee sits down in Abu Dubai next Tuesday, no-one is ruling out a surprise.