In the wake of yet another European dismantling of the United States at the Ryder Cup, much of the attention has turned toward the future of the event. For the Americans, the focus is on fixing a model that is clearly broken; for Europe, it's trying to continue the domination, and that starts with the captain.
While there's been plenty of chatter surrounding who will lead the Europeans in 2016, not much of it is coming from one of the early favorites for the job: Darren Clarke.
“It’s not up to me to discuss it. It’s up to the committee,” said the 2011 Britsh Open winner. “Whilst I would be delighted to be offered the post, it’s the committee’s decision. An awful lot has been made about it, but we should be celebrating how well Paul and his team did without all this stuff going on. The committee’s there to decide who is the best man for the job.”
Clarke was an early contender to lead this year's European squad before eventually being passed over in favor of McGinley. But Clarke has the No. 1 player in the world in his corner in a competition that could boil down to Clarke,Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Rory McIlroy recently said of Clarke, his fellow Northern Irishman, “there would be no better candidate from the European side.”
The job McGinley did even has players still in their Ryder Cup prime thinking of how they will eventually lead their continent against the U.S.
"They say perfection doesn't exist, but if perfection doesn't exist then he has been as close as you can get to it," said 34-year-old Sergio Garcia. "I think he has done a great job and I have learned a lot from him. Hopefully, one year, in the long-term future, I can bring some of his thoughts into my captaincy. It would be great, it was amazing."
While the U.S. is busy bickering about its own captaincy, it seems the Europeans have plenty of capable individuals ready and waiting if called upon.