Captain Clarke a popular pick among Euros


LOS ANGELES – In the wake of Darren Clarke being confirmed as European Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday, a few potential team members for next year’s event were all smiles at Riviera Country Club.

“I think he was the favorite to pick up the captaincy,” said Luke Donald, who has played on four winning teams, the last coming in 2012. “Obviously been a part of team Europe for a number of years now. He’s been around a lot, friends with a lot of the other captains. I’m sure he’s picked up a lot of info, so it seemed like a very natural choice.”

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“The two options that I think we had were him and Miguel [Angel Jimenez],” Sergio Garcia said. “Obviously both of them good options, good players, a lot of experience. They’ve been there and done it.”

Garcia went as far as to hint that his countryman could be the leading candidate for the next captaincy in 2018.

“I’m happy with Darren. I think he’ll be good to do it here in the U.S., then maybe Miguel in France.”