Clarke couldn’t say no to Ryder Cup captaincy

DARREN Clarke is ready and willing to answer Europe’s call should the Ryder Cup captaincy come his way.
“I think it’s a case of if the Ryder Cup committee were to ask me to be captain then I think it would be disrespectful to say ‘no’, said Clarke who will act as one of Jose Maria Olazabal’s vice-captains for next month’s clash against the USA in Medinah.
“I still hope to play a little bit more yet, but if I was asked it would be a very tough position to say ‘no’.”
Clarke will play the opening two rounds alongside Olazabal at the Johnnie Walker Classic which begins today at Gleneagles, venue for Ryder Cup in 2014.
The 2011 Open Champion is seen as a strong contender to lead the side in Scotland, although he faces opposition from another Irishman with a fine Ryder Cup pedigree, Paul McGinley.
Clarke however was at pains to explain that he would abide by any decision made by the Ryder Cup committee.
“You can’t be presumptuous enough to think that you are ever going to get it,” added the 44-year-old who has featured in five European Ryder Cup teams.
“It’s not up to me. The committee decide who is the best man for the job.
“It is not as if you get asked every time it comes around you don’t have an option – it’s whatever the Ryder Cup committe decide.
“If they were to ask me at any stage in the future, whether it be here or the one after that it would be a very difficult thing to say no.”


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