Ryder Cup tide behind Clarke captaincy

2006 Ryder Cup Final Day
The Ryder Cup tide is certainly with Darren Clarke at the minute.
Europe’s dominant players are lining up to support his candidacy, the latest being Englishman Lee Westwood.
Speaking ahead of the start of tomorrow’s Turkish Airlines Open presented by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Westwood said; I don’t know particularly what kind of captaincy that would be from Darren, and he obviously has his own ideas, and that’s why you have different people every time around, to change it up a little bit.

But one thing you want from a captain is someone that’s well respected by the rest of the players and Darren certainly has that.

“And he was involved at Celtic Manor when Monty was captain, and he obviously played under Seve and Mark James and Sam Torrance and Bernhard Langer. So he’ll have watched what those fellas did, and hopefully when it’s his chance, if it is his chance, then he’ll apply some of that because most of them have been winning captains.”
It’s no surprise that Westwood is backing Clarke – the two are close friends and members of the same management stable. Westwood was clearly ‘on message’ when he said that Clarke, if appointed, needed to sit down with out-going captain Paul McGinley to pick his brains.
The relationship between Clarke and McGinley has been strained but the Dungannon man indicated recently that if he got the job, his first call would be to McGinley.
“I backed Darren last time and Paul got it; and I was wrong, Paul was a great captain,” added Westwood.
“I’d like to see Darren get it next time around and sit down with Paul and let Paul shoot a few ideas at him and feed off that momentum that Paul really built up as far as being the captain.”
Clarke is in Turkey this week alongside fellow Ulsterman Michael Hoey and Irishman Shane Lowry competing for a share of the seven million dollar prize fund at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya.


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