Jimenez targets spot on team after failed captaincy bid

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Miguel Angel Jimenez will put aside his personal disappointment in not being named Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain in order to help the team as either a vice captain or, hopefully, as one of the 12 players.

“Disappointing? A little bit,” Jimenez told Sky Sports after his opening round at the European Tour’s Indian Open. “Of course I accept it (the decision). 

“I think I’ve done a lot for the tour through all these years and it’s a little disappointing not being captain, but I feel happy on the other hand for Darren (Clarke), because he will make a very good job. 

“I will be behind you, Darren, don’t worry. All the decisions you’re going to make for the Ryder Cup will be good and I’ll be behind you.”

Despite some late support for Jimenez, Clarke has been the clear favorite for the past several months, if not longer. 

Of course, Jimenez still has a chance at becoming the oldest Ryder Cupper in history. He’ll be 52 next fall, but the Spaniard still sits inside the top 50 in the world and has three top-10s in his last six worldwide starts. 

“Any way or how to be part of a Ryder Cup is always nice,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously to play it is better but next year I’ll be 52, but you never know. The way that I’m playing, maybe I’ll be there with my clubs, too.”