Clarke and McGinley steeped in Ryder Cup history
Darren Clarke has confirmed he wants to be Europe’s Ryder Cup captain in 2016, but an unhealthy relationship with outgoing skipper Paul McGinley may not help his cause.
McGinley and Clarke are believed to have fallen out in recent years and with the man who led Europe's to another Ryder Cup win on Sunday involved in picking the next captain, that could hamper the chances of a second successive Irishman landing the prestigious job.
Yet 2011 Open champions Clarke has made it clear that he would relish the chance to lead Europe as they defend the Ryder Cup on American soil two years from now.
“I would love to be at some stage, but that’s up to the committee to decide,” stated Clarke.
“They will have a list of potential candidates and look at each one on merit, discuss it and decide which guy is best. Obviously it would be a huge honour.
"If they would offer me the position I would love to do it at some stage.”
Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell believes personal differences between McGinley and Clarke should not affect the decision on the next Ryder Cup captain.
"Darren and Paul should put their differences aside," said McDowell. "Darren needs to spend some time talking to Paul about the way he [McGinley] has conducted himself this week."
When asked if his relationship with Clarke would be a problem for Clarke's push to be Ryder Cup skipper, McGinley said: "Absolutely no problem whatsoever. I'm going to be very professional in my input.
"I'm going to get opinions from a lot of players and a lot of people before I put my opinion forward as to what it will be. Just like I was very much pushed over the line by the players, I want to get the opinion of the players.
"I think we're very fortunate in Europe, a little bit like the Liverpool soccer team and the boot room, I think a lot of us have benefited hugely from being vice-captains. Darren has been a vice-captain along with many other guys.
"We will see where that all evolves and I'll make a professional decision based on the views of people that I respect."