Darren Clarke’s path to the Ryder Cup captaincy appears a bit clearer now that Miguel Angel Jimenez admits to having second thoughts about taking the job for 2016.
Jimenez, who turns 51 on Jan. 5, said in an interview with Spain’s Ten-golf that becoming captain in two years’ time would effectively end his playing career – and that’s not something he’s quite ready to do.
“I see myself in the mix (for the 2016 captaincy),” Jimenez said, via Irish Golf Desk. “But what happens is that if you dedicate yourself to being captain, your game is possibly going to deteriorate because there is so much to do. And I want to compete.”
“So,” he said with a smile, “I do (want to be captain) and I don’t …”
Despite his over-50 status, Jimenez remains a competitive force on the European Tour. He’s still ranked 40th in the world, and the most recent of his 21 Euro Tour wins came at the Spanish Open in May.
The pull of competition is what led Thomas Bjorn to back out of consideration for the Ryder Cup gig. It may prove to do the same for Jimenez, who finished fourth at this year’s Masters and has nine top 10s overall in grand slam events.
Clarke was the heavy favorite for the gig anyway, even before Jimenez’s public hesitation. A decision is expected to come sometime in the next five weeks, during the European Tour’s desert swing.