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Darren Clarke: Ryder Cup Captaincy is 'highest honour'

A month after his official appointment to the role, European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke met the media at Heathrow Airport today and revealed he was still on cloud nine after receiving what he described as the “highest honour” from The European Tour.

The 46 year old Irishman has, of course, the game’s greatest prize – The Open Championship – already in his trophy cabinet back home, but away from the playing side, Clarke took time out to reflect on what it meant to him to be given the task of retaining The Ryder Cup for Europe.


Darren Clarke named 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain

Darren Clarke has been announced as the European captain for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, from September 30-October 2, 2016.

The 2011 Open Champion becomes the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe against the United States, having played in the biennial contest five times, featuring on the winning side on four occasions. He was also a vice captain under Colin Montgomerie and José María Olazábal in the European wins in  2010 and 2012 respectively, and succeeds Irishman Paul McGinley, who captained Europe to a 16 ½-11 ½ triumph at Gleneagles last September.


Six Nations remain in the running to host The 2022 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup Europe today announced that six nations have formally confirmed their intention to submit a Bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup.

From the list of seven nations who initially expressed an interest in hosting what will be the 44th staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States, Denmark has advised of its intention not to proceed with a formal Bid leaving Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey still in the running.


Howell completes European Ryder Cup captaincy selection panel

Two-time Ryder Cup player David Howell has been named as the fifth and final member of the panel which will select the European Ryder Cup captain for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota.

The 39 year old Englishman – who played in Europe’s Ryder Cup triumphs in both 2004 and 2006 – was nominated by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee at their meeting on Tuesday night in Portugal to be their representative on the panel which will choose the successor to Paul McGinley, who led Europe to a 16 ½ - 11 ½ triumph at Gleneagles last month.


Europe retain the Ryder Cup, crushing USA 16½-11½

Europe continued their domination over USA in the Ryder Cup over the last decade by crushing the visitors 16½-11½ in Gleneagles. Coming in to the Final day of Singles matches leading by a dominant 10-6 scoreline, Europe picked up the vital points to ensure their win when 38 year old Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3 to push his team to 14½. Europe have now won the Ryder Cup three straight times, in 8 of the last 10 editions and have not been beaten on home soil in the last two decades.

The US came into Day 3 with their backs against the wall, and their task became even tougher when Rory McIlroy picked up the first win of the day, easily getting the better of Rickie Fowler, 5&4 to make the score 11-6 in favour of Europe.


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